Bodies pile up as local cops blame drug turf war
The discovery of three male corpses dumped on the side of the highway at the eastern outskirts of San Juan Cosala early Saturday, April 14 — less than a week after three other men were gunned down in the heart of Ajijic — has sent a shock wave of fear and anxiety over the community. Local authorities are taking the rash of killings as a sign that rival drug cartels are embroiled in a turf war in the lakeshore region, warning that more violence could be on the horizon.
In reaction, Ajijic townspeople have scheduled a candlelight peace march for Sunday, April 22, 7 p.m. Concerned residents will gather at the Seis Esquinas instersection of Calles Ocampo, Hidalgo and Alvaro Obregon and walk in silence, heading east via Hidalgo to the plaza, turning south onto Colon and ending at the waterfront Malecon for an interlude of collective prayer and reflection. Participants are requested to dress in white clothing and carry votive candles or whatever symbols of peace and non-violence they may choose.
The three bodies were found piled on top of one another near the entrance road to Los Charales around 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The site is situated just west of the disputed boundary line between Chapala and Jocotepec. Police officers from both municipalities promptly congregated at the grisly scene. Officials from the Jocotepec Ministerio Publico public prosecutor’s office (MP) took charge of the case after determining that the location was within that jurisdiction.
MP district supervisor Luis Gabriel Sanchez Espinoza told the Reporter that the murdered men were subsequently identified by family members as Tomas Garcia Casillas, age 18, Jorge Armando Real Lopez (a.k.a El Sayaco), 32, and Jose Felix Yañez Lorenzana (a.k.a. El Pili), 33, all listed with Ajijic home addresses.
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