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Cartel gunmen attack graduation party in Mexican border state leaving four dead, five wounded

October 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel gunmen attack graduation party in Mexican border state leaving four dead, five wounded

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Cartel gunmen attacked a graduation party killing four victims and wounding five others–including an 11-year-old girl inCiudad Victoria, Mexico.

Although the Tamaulipas government has not publicly wanted to address the incident, there are signs that the multiple homicides are associated with the ongoing cartel violence for drug trafficking territories, extortion, and kidnapping.

The attack occurred at “El Caracol” party hall where police arrived shortly after the cartel gunmen carried out their massacre. Bystanders said that a crew of armed hitmen arrived in a Ram pickup and opened fire on of the guests.

As the gunmen attempted to escape the area they encountered innocent motorists and opened fire killing a driver of an SUV, which crashed into a nearby residence.

The attack took place at party hall in Ciudad Victoria

State police arrived at the hall and called for every available ambulance due to the high number of casualties, Breitbart Texas reported.

Agencies from every level of government responded to guard the scene and assist the victims.

Several died in the minutes after the attack.

Police agencies set up a search operation but failed to track down the gunmen.

Breitbart Texas reported that the wounded victims were an 11-year-old girl, 22-year-old Antonio Chavez Cardenas, Mariel Martina Cardenas Urbina, Karla Vanessa Trujillo Castillo, and 21-year-old Edgar Guadalupe Avalos. All are from the same family and come from Soto La Marina, Tamaulipas.

An innocent bystander who was driving by the area was shot and killed. Only two of the victims’ identities have been revealed. One was Ramon Cardenas Sanchez while the other was local lawyer Francisco Niño Moreno.

The identity of the woman nor the name of the innocent bystander have been confirmed.

Paramedics treat one of the victims wounded in the attack

Officials learned that the massacre occurred at the graduation party for Edgar Guadalupe Avalos, who had just finished his courses in criminology and had been an intern at the Tamaulipas State Attorney General’s Office.

Just after the massacre, messages from false social media accounts on pages that deal with cartel violence began posting information about who was responsible for the slayings.

According to the pages, the Old School Zetas and the Gulf Cartel took responsibility because of the business was used for money laundering operations by the rival Cartel Del Noreste. However, the social media message did not indicate if the attack was against the family or the party hall.

Other reports indicated the gunmen were looking to kill a particular individual, but it is not clear if that person was at the party.

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