12 die in Chihuahua state
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By Chris Covert
A total of eight individuals were found tortured and shot to death in southern Chihuahua state Saturday morning, according to Mexican news accounts.
The find took place near a road between Delicias municipality and Satevo municipality, which is Chihuahua state highway 24 near the intersection with Mexican Federal Highway 45. The location was described as near the break to the dam at Las Virgenes lake, near rancho San Miguel, or about at the 46 kilometer mark.
The victims, seven from Ciudad Jiminez and one the Hidalgo de Parral, were identified as Luis Gerardo Baca Ortega, Justin Alejandro Carrazco Vasquez, Jose Angel Morales Alferes, Fernando Campos Rodriguez, Edgar Ulises Moreno Peņa, Jose Carlos Medina Padilla, Edgar Armando Sanchez Delgado and Ventura Ismael Guevara Rodriguez.
The victims were found half naked, tortured and shot in the head.
According to a news item posted on the website of El Diario de Juarez news daily, several armed suspects riding in an eight vehicle convoy kidnapped three of the victims in Jiminez municipality and two more in Valle de Allende. However, Milenio reported that six were kidnapped from Parral.
Sinaloa cartel usually operates in southern Chihuahua state.
According to a news item posted on the website of Proceso news weekly, two more individuals were killed Saturday in Chihuahua state.
- A man was shot to death in Delicias, Chihuahua. An unidentified spokesman for the Chihuahua state Fiscalia General del Estado (FGE) identified the victim as Heriberto Ortiz Leyva, 28. Ortiz Leyva was found in El Refugio residential division on Delicias city. The report also said Ortiz Leyva's parents were murdered two weeks before.
- An unidentified man was found beheaded near Casas Grandes in far western Chihuahua state. The victim was found by local residents in a vacant lot near Kilometer 27 of the Mexico Federal Highway 10. The corpse had been eaten by animals.
- Milenio news daily reported in a Sunday morning dispatch a municipal police agent was shot to death in Meoqui municipality.
- Milenio also reported in the same dispatch another unidentified individual was found dead in San Francisco de Conchos municipality.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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