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Eleven family members slaughtered including two young children in remote Mexican village

June 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Eleven family members slaughtered including two young children in remote Mexican village

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Armed gunmen massacred eleven family members on Thursday night in the remote village of San Jose El Mirador, near the municipality of Coxcatlán, located in the Mexican state of Puebla.

Mexican authorities said that the killers opened fire on a couple, their children, and other family members before fleeing the scene on foot.

Officials said among the targeted victims included five men and four adult females, including a woman eight months pregnant along with two underaged girls.

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Residents carry the body of one of the eleven victims of the armed attack

Reports indicate that the victims varied in age with the two youngest being ages 9 and 10.

According to the Puebla state prosecutor’s office, five surviving witnesses have been taken into custody and immediately placed under government protection.

Witnesses told investigators that multiple gunmen arrived at the mountain village populated by only 40 inhabitants and is so remote, it can only be accessed on foot, Proceso reported.

The prosecutor’s office further revealed said that one of the women killed in the attack was previously raped and had a child by one of the suspects.

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The state prosecutor’s office had earlier indicated that authorities were investigating whether the crime was related to organized crime or a family dispute

Coxcatlan Mayor Vicente Lopez de la Vega said doctors were treating two more children at a hospital in Tehuacan, which is the closest city to the village.

De la Vega said authorities have launched a manhunt for two of the suspects, who have been identified and are believed to have fled into the mountainous region in the neighboring state of Oaxaca.

“Personal conflicts are the main line of investigation, The information provided by witnesses and the first steps, show that more than nine years ago, one of the women had a child with one of the alleged attackers, under circumstances of a probable sexual assault. The child in question was unhurt,” Lopez de la Vega said at a press conference.

He further stated, “Witnesses identified one of the attackers who has matching characteristics with the parent of minor unharmed.”

It is the latest murder to rock Puebla, a region that has been relatively spared the drug violence that has plagued other parts of Mexico

It is the latest murder to rock Puebla, a region that has been relatively spared the drug violence that has plagued other parts of Mexico

Officials revealed that the woman’s current partner, who was killed, suffered multiple stab wounds and had more injuries than the other’ victims.

Investigators had also raised the possibility of religion as a motive because residents of the town are mostly Evangelical Hamlet and have had prior disputes with Catholics in a nearby community.

However, officials have since dismissed the notion and say it was likely a personal dispute.

“It was an act of revenge, to kill 11 people like that, you don’t have feelings. It’s alarming,’ Lopez de la Vega added.

Although the region has not been particularly hard hit by the raging drug violence engulfing much of Mexico, drug cultivation and land disputes are not uncommon in the region.

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