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Cartel-related violence impacting affluent families in the Mexican border region

August 30, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel-related violence impacting affluent families in the Mexican border region

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Cartel-related violence including murders and kidnappings continue to impact widely known families in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, which is located directly along the Mexican border region, across from Eagle Pass, Texas–causing a sense of contingency and concern to a community that has seen countless crimes and violent acts in prior years.

Law enforcement officials announced on Friday that a gagged and bound body was discovered in the city of El Moral. Preceding information indicated that the body had been shot twice in the head. The victim, who has been identified as Francisco Castillo Simon, had clear signs of torture while he was bound and his face was wrapped with a bandana.

Castillo was reported missing early last week after he was playing baseball at a nearby park. His remains were found days later by a couple walking along a road in the rural community. The couple contacted police who rushed to the scene and retrieved the body. Castillo worked at a local office of Mexico’s power company but is reportedly the nephew of local Baseball player Gerardo “El Mulo” Gutierrez.

According to Breitbart Texas, Castillo’s homicide occurred just days after a gunman opened fire at the home of a local businessman, wounding him and killing his wife. The businessman, who has been identified as 55-year-old Ricardo Moreno, owns a chain of gas stations in the city.

Another death that has instilled fear in the border community is the abduction and execution of professional Bull-Rider, Luis Alfonso Villarreal, who was traveling to Monterrey, Nuevo León to compete in a bull ridding event when he was taken and shot in the head four times.

The ambiguity brought about by the unsolved murders along th Mexican border region continues to diminish the public’s trust in the government following their inaction and coverup attempts of the kidnapping and incineration of over 300 victims between 2011 and 2013.

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