BORDERLAND BEAT — A couple and their three children were assassinated in Michoacán. It is the fifth family gunned down in the last two weeks in the country.
Criminal groups in Mexico had previously avoided attacking the families of their rivals. But in recent weeks, armed men have indiscriminately assassinated fathers, mothers, and their children.
In Oaxaca, a couple and their son were killed this week in the city of Juchitán. A handwritten message left at the scene hinted that the crime was related to a dispute between criminal organizations.
Three days earlier, eight adult members of a family were killed in the popular tourist resort of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. The attorney general said that the victims were shark fishermen and the initial line of investigation was to find out whether they were involved in other activities offshore.
Earlier this month, in Tamaulipas, on the border with the United States, two families were gunned down in separate attacks.
In the first incident, gunmen entered a house and killed 11 members of a family, including four girls, as they slept. In the second attack, five members of a family, two women and three minors, were killed in their home by armed intruders.
Since then, violence has not ceased in Tamaulipas, across the border with Texas.
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