The Los Angeles Times has a harrowing story about a quadruple murder in Monterrey, Mexico, which is believed to be related to ongoing violence between murderous drug cartels. The victims included “an off-duty police commander and his wife.” The mystery, as is often the case when law enforcement officials are killed in Mexico, is whether they were killed as a message to law enforcement — or because the policeman was working with one of the cartels:
The four killings remain unexplained. The families have heard nothing from officials. The video shows no clerks or manager in the store at the time of the shooting — a source said the staff was upstairs eating lunch.
One theory is that the killers ambushed Espinosa to send a message to San Pedro’s director of public safety, Rogelio Lozano, whose family owns a chain of jewelry stores that included the shop attacked.
“The citizens have to guess,” said Marcos, the businessman and San Pedro community activist. “One guess is that [Espinosa] was involved with one gang and the other killed him. Or there’s the one that you’d like to believe, which is that, for having done his job, they killed him.”
At the link, there is security video of the shooting. It is not for the faint of heart.
The story is part of an excellent ongoing series at the paper titled Mexico under Siege. It’s proof that the folks at this paper can still do good reporting when they want to.