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Good Friday procession halted by cartel gun battle in Mexican border city: VIDEO

April 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Good Friday procession halted by cartel gun battle in Mexican border city: VIDEO

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A procession on Good Friday in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas came to a tragic end as a violent cartel gun battle erupted, forcing all participants who were present to run for cover.

In recent days, the border city of Reynosa has seen an increase of cartel-related violence where gunmen target state police and innocent bystanders are often caught in the crossfire.

The bloodshed spread panic and fear among residents in the city.

One of the shootouts occurred in the Aquiles Serdan area while residents were participating in a traditional Good Friday procession, according to Breitbart Texas.

Video footage showed the moments when the men and women were forced to run for cover while machine gun fire is heard in the background.

One resident is heard shouting for a loved one taking part in the procession to drop a large wooden cross and hide.

The cartel gun battle was one of the many that occurred in the city throughout Easter weekend.

The body of a victim lays on the pavement following a shootout in the Mexican border city of Reynosa

While several cartel members were killed in the shootouts, residents claim that one victim was a local bricklayer identifies only as Rafael who was caught in the crossfire as gunmen attempted to blend with innocent bystanders.

Crime scene images show a piece of tactical-style clothing beside the body.

However, it is not clear if the gear was dropped by one of the gunmen or if the man was in fact involved the violent events.

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