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Decapitated Bodies Found in Guadalajara, Mexico – Near Lake Popular with Americans

Posted by FactReal on May 10, 2012

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More than 15 decapitated, dismembered bodies found in two abandoned vehicles on the side of a highway in the small town of Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos near Guadalajara (State of Jalisco, Mexico) on the road to Lake Chapala, a site popular with foreign tourists and American retirees – May 9, 2012. (AFP Photo/Hector Guerrero)

AFP via Yahoo-Canada reported yesterday:

Police found the dismembered, decapitated bodies of 15 people in two abandoned vehicles in western Mexico Wednesday in an apparent revenge killing between powerful drug gangs.

Police initially counted 12 bodies dumped in the car on a road between Mexico’s second city of Guadalajara and the lakeside city of Chapala, known for its North American expatriate community.

An anonymous call alerted police to the abandoned vehicles, and the bodies were taken to forensic services in Guadalajara, a police official said.

Jalisco state attorney general Tomas Coronado Olmos called an urgent meeting with the state governor and said the killings appeared to have been in revenge for 23 killings last Friday in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

An arrested woman said that the killings were “the repercussion for what happened in Tamaulipas,” Coronado Olmos said.

The woman said she belonged to a local gang called Milenio, linked to the brutal Zetas drug gang.

Via Reuters-UK:

[I]t was one of the biggest mass beheadings in the recent history of Mexico, where decapitations have become alarmingly common.

The bodies and heads were stuffed into two vehicles abandoned on the side of a highway in the small town of Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, said Tomas Coronado, chief prosecutor for the state of Jalisco.

Some of the bodies had been refrigerated before they were dumped, Coronado said.

A policeman at the scene in Ixtlahuacan said some victims had been so badly mutilated that officers could not determine whether they were male or female. […]

Guadalajara, known for its high-tech industry, mariachi bands and tequila, has been a strategic base for drug traffickers since the 1980s. […]

Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos lies 18 miles (29 km) south of the centre of Guadalajara on the road to Lake Chapala, a site popular with foreign tourists and American retirees.

Other media outlets report 18 people were found decapitated (not 15):
USAtoday
UK DailyMail

Via CNN-México: (Spanish)
Más de 15 cuerpos son hallados en Jalisco: Los cuerpos fueron localizados en dos vehículos en la carretera que une a Guadalajara con Chapala, informaron fuentes locales.

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