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Authorities suspect cartel involvement in the shootings of two Narcocorrido singers in Baja California

September 5, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities suspect cartel involvement in the shootings of two Narcocorrido singers in Baja California

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Gunmen in Mexico shot two narcocorrido singers in separate attacks in the state of Baja California, authorities said last week.

Miguel Angel Miramontes Murrieta, a lead vocalist for the narcocorrido group New Eminence, was shot twice in the chest in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in Tijuana last Thursday around 5:30 p.m.

It marked the second shooting of a narcocorrido singer over a 24-hour period, which senior law enforcement officials suspect maybe cartel-related.

According to eyewitness reports, Miramontes Murrieta managed to flee into a restaurant despite being shot in the chest, where employees immediately contacted emergency services and authorities.

Paramedics rushed Miramontes Murrieta to a nearby hospital where he remains in stable condition.

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Miguel Angel Miramontes Murrieta, lead singer of the group New Eminence remains in stable condition after suffering two gunshot wounds to the chest in an attack last week

The group had performed on August 6th at a Tijuana bar, which was recently torched by an organized crime group, according to local reports.

Authorities suspect members of a drug cartel could have orchestrated the attack on Miramontes Murrieta, as possible retaliation after the slaying of narcocorrido singer José Alberto Cervantes, who just hours earlier was shot to death in Playas de Rosarito, Baja California.

Cervantes died during a struggle with two armed assailants after an ambush attack last Thursday. Investigators said the suspects may have intended to kidnap the grupero singer, El Debate reported.

Witnesses said  Cervantes had managed to wrestle control of a weapon from one of the suspects before another gunman opened fire at point-blank range, killing the lead vocalist for the group Explosión Norteña.

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Singer José Alberto ‘Beto” Cervantes, was gunned down last week in Playas de Rosarito, Baja California.

Mexican officials said ‘Beto’ Cervantes, as he also was known, had suspected ties to organized crime. It was not the first time he was the victim of an attack. Cervantes was shot multiple times along with two other men outside the offices of the group in the division Guaycura back in 2006.

Authorities also arrested the singer in 2007 at a local restaurant during a failed federal operation aimed at capturing Raidel Lopez Uriarte “El Crutches,” a known operator for the Arrellano-Felix cartel who managed to evade capture narrowly.

Law enforcement officials presume the two shootings are related to an ongoing turf war, which has raged in Baja California between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel allied with remnants of the Arrellano Felix Organization for control of the drug smuggling plazas in Tijuana and Playas de Rosarito.

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