MEXICO CITY — two people were killed and one injured when gunmen opened fire in a wake that the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, officials explained.
Public security officials at the city of Celaya said in a declaration that the gunmen came late Thursday night and opened fire on a bunch of individuals. The victims had been standing outside a house in a nonexistent locality in which a wake was held for a young guy who himself was gunned down nearby a few days before.
Pictures from the scene revealed bodies strewn in the road.
Guanajuato-based safety analyst David Saucedo reported the assault seems to have been completed from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel contrary to the deceased man’s family. The natives believed they were connected to this rival Santa Rosa de Lima gang, although many might not have been.
Guanajuato is in the middle of this bloody turf war between drug cartels acting through neighborhood gangs. Thousands are murdered in Guanajuato because Santa Rosa de Lima, a neighborhood gang, started a turf war to fight off a takeover from the insurgent Jalisco cartel in 2017.
Saucedo reported the Sinaloa cartel has entered into a sort of proxy war to protect against a Jalisco success in the country, sending arms, cash, and hired killers to encourage Santa Rosa de Lima and other regional gangs. The same type of proxy warfare created the border town of Ciudad Juárez a killing ground in the past few years around 2010.
The Santa Rosa gang grew up in a farming hamlet of the same title by stealing gas from authorities’ pipelines and refineries and robbing cargo from trains. But after police stepped up security around trains and pipelines within the previous two decades, the gang turned into extortion and kidnapping.
The Jalisco New Generation cartel continues to be Mexico’s most violent lately, sharply expanding its reach throughout the nation through daring attacks against its rivals and government forces.
Their battle has made Guanajuato — home to enchanting San Miguel Allende, a popular retirement area for Americans — Mexico’s deadliest nation.
Back in September, gunmen killed 11 people in a pub in Jaral del Progreso close to the boundary using Michoacán state. Over two dozen people have been killed in an unregistered drug rehab facility in Irapuato in July.