Thirteen bodies were dumped early this morning at a gas station in Zitácuaro in the Pacific Coast state of Michoacán. Local media reports indicate the victims all were shot in the head and that three were minors. The state body responsible for murder investigations had not released a written press statement with further details as of deadline.
The act of dumping multiple corpses in public spaces has increased in recent months. In at least two notable cases, the piles of bodies were accompanied by brazen messages from rival groups considered to be at a tactical disadvantage in the area where the bodies were left.
The last double digit body dump was on Christmas morning near Tampico, Tamaulipas – not far from the state line with Veracruz. The massacre also comes one week after the murder of 31 inmates at a Tamaulipas prison.
[Transcript of a headline produced for the January 9, 2012 broadcast of FSRN.]