IRAPUATO, Mexico — The killing of 26 people in an unregistered drug rehabilitation
Authorities in the city of Irapuato in Guanajuato state on Thursday raised the death toll from 24 after two of the seven people injured in the attack died.
Police in Guanajuato state said Wednesday's attack occurred at a modest two-story house on the outskirts of Irapuato. Apparently the attackers shot every male at the rehab
Rosa Alba Santoyo, three of whose sons were killed in the attack, said a female addict at the
Santoyo said two of her sons, construction workers aged 29 and 39, were at the
Two of her sons were in a photograph of the massacre on the front page of the local newspaper. Their bullet-ridden bodies lay next to the other victims, prone on the floor of the
Santoyo, who works at a factory that make cleaning products, said that up until a month or two ago, there had been a military post across the street from the
A woman who lives near the
“The government doesn't do anything anymore,” said Moreno.
The state is the scene of a bloody turf battle between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and a local gang - the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel - and the state has become the most violent in Mexico.
No motive was given in the rehab
"The violence generated by organized crime not only takes the lives of the young, but it takes the peace from families in Guanajuato,” the governor wrote. Rodríguez Vallejo belongs to the conservative opposition party National Action, and the state's crime problem has been the subject of political divisions.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Thursday that “changes must be made to solve Guanajuato's problem, because the circumstances demand it.”
“The problem was allowed to grow, it grew a lot and we have to see if there was some sort of
There have been persistent reports that state authorities who once tolerated the Santa Rosa de Lima gang, turned in the recent years to allowing the Jalisco cartel to enter the state in hopes they would the end the local gang's systematic extortion of businesses.
But while Santa Rosa is a less sophisticated gang that started out with robbing freight trains and stealing fuel from government pipelines, it has proved tougher than expected for Jalisco to crush, in part because Jalisco's rival, the Sinaloa Cartel, may be contributing money and guns to Santa Rosa.
Mexican drug gangs have killed suspected street-level dealers from rival gangs sheltering at such facilities in the past. It was one of the deadliest attacks on a rehab
Mexico has long had problems with rehab
In addition, addicts and dealers who face attacks from rivals on the streets sometimes take refuge at the rehab clinics, making the clinics themselves targets for attack.
Eduardo Verdugo, The Associated Press