According to Fox News, the recent decapitating of 14 young men between the ages of 25 and 30 is believed to be the latest killings in the brutal battles between drug lords in Mexico. The bodies were found on the sidewalk of the Plaza Senderos in the Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico In addition to the fourteen, a there was another young man with his head almost completely severed.
“The heads were found in one single place, with the exception of one that was half severed from the body,” said a police report. Messages were placed with the bodies, but the content is not being released by police.
After having been reported missing, the body of Saul Vara Rivera, mayor of Zaragoza was discovered Friday in Neuvo Leon, a neighboring state. Rivera had been shot to death reported the police.
The decapitation of the men found in Acapulco is the most recent report of beheadings that police believe are part of the drug war between battling drug cartels which include the Beltran Leyva cartel run by Hector Beltran Leyva and Edgar Valdez Villarreal, originally from the U.S. who is known as “The Barbie”. The Beltran Leyva cartel was originally run by Hector’s brother, Arturo, until his death in a shoot-out with Marines.
In Cuernavaca, in the state of Morelos, 4 men were found beheaded in August 2010. Police report the Beltran Leyva cartel took responsibility for these killings. A message left with those bodies said, “This is what will happen to all those who support the traitor Edgar Valdez Villarreal.”
In 2008, 12 decapitated men were found in the Yucatan state capital of Merida. The Reformer newspaper said the notes found with the bodies referred to the Sinaloa cartel, headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmen. Also in 2008, 9 beheaded men were found in the Guerrero state capital of Chipancingo.
Since December 2008, when President Felipe Calderon started his crack down on the violence caused by warring drug lords, Fox News reported that 28,000 people have died.