Acapulco is the most violent city in Mexico

An investigation conducted by EL UNIVERSAL based on newspaper reports revealed that from January to July 2015 there were 483 slayings in Acapulco, an average of two per day.
Last year Acapulco was the third most violent city in the world, only behind San Pedro Sula in Honduras and Caracas, Venezuela. (Photo: León Barrera / EL UNIVERSAL)
04/08/2015
10:53
David Espino
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Acapulco is the most violent city in the country, according to the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

An investigation conducted by EL UNIVERSAL based on newspaper reports revealed that from January to July 2015 there were 483 violent murders in Acapulco, an average of two per day. May and July were the most violent months, with 105 murders each.

According to the Ministry of Public Security 336 homicides were registered in Acapulco from January to May 2015, 42% more than in the same period last year, with a total of 237.

Last year Acapulco was the third most violent city in the world, only behind San Pedro Sula in Honduras and Caracas, Venezuela, according the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice. San Pedro Sula closed 2014 with 171.2 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants; Caracas with 115.98 and Acapulco with 104.16 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

But, who is killing people in Acapulco? Miguel Ángel Godínez Muñoz, attorney general of Guerrero, said that the profile of the murderers is men under 20 that work for one of the five cartels operating in the city: the Independent Cartel of Acapulco (CIDA) Los Ardillos, Los Rojos, La Familia Michoacana and the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG).

Being 26 years old means being a veteran and having the chance of leading a criminal cell, according to testimonies collected by EL UNIVERSAL.

In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, "El Chuy", a 26-year-old paid assassin who claims to be independent, said he charged 10,000 pesos for killing someone recently. He shot three times at a man he had never seen before with a 9 mm gun and fled in his motorcycle.  

El Chuy, who says he may have committed around 20 murders, has also sold marijuana, heroine and other kinds of drugs. He said he became a criminal because he had six siblings and his parents did not have enough for everyone and he had his "own ambitions". 

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