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Mexican border city of Tijuana averaging six murders per day in 2018

June 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican border city of Tijuana averaging six murders per day in 2018

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The Mexican border city of Tijuana recorded over 1,000 homicides so far 2018 as of June 8th.

According to local press outlets, 49 slayings were reported in the first week of June in Tijuana.

The record-breaking figures in Tijuana are attributed to continuing turf wars involving remnants of the Arellano-Felix Organization, who have allied with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel to fight for control of smuggling routes around the Tijuana region against the Sinaloa Cartel.

Additionally, in several areas of Tijuana, rival cells within the Sinaloa Cartel are battling for control of the lucrative street-level markets and valuable territories leading into the U.S.

Those involved in the murders are mainly low-level street distributors, lookouts, clients, and enforcers for these criminal gangs. Many of the street-level dealers are targets of rip-crews looking to steal money and drugs.

The number of those killed from January to June 2018 surpassed 2017 during the same period by more than 200.

Last year, there were 771 homicides from January to June.

The total amount of murders recorded in 2017 was 1,780, which places this year’s pace to be the most violent in the city’s history.

With at least five killed on June 6th alone, the most recent took place in the Chamizal area just after 1:30 pm when an unidentified male was shot and killed while standing outside of a grocery store.

It was reported that a three-year-old was hit in the lower extremities and was brought to a local hospital. Authorities later found shell casings of an undetermined caliber at the scene.

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