Mexico: 6 Bodies in Cave, 3 With Hearts Cut Out

Boston Herald, June 7, 2010

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Authorities are investigating the identities of the four men and two women found dead in the natural cave, said Francisco Alor, the Quintana Roo state attorney general.

“They were apparently tortured and their chests were opened to remove the hearts,” Alor’s office said later in a statement.

Three of the bodies had the letter “Z” carved on their abdomens–a possible reference to the Zeta drug gang {snip}.

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Also Sunday, armed men in two cars barged into a girl’s coming-out party in the southwestern town of Coyuca de Catalan, sparking a deadly gunbattle.

Some of those attending the “quinceanera” celebration were also armed and returned fire, Guerrero state police said in a statement. {snip}

Police have not yet determined a motive, but the area is plagued by drug trafficking.

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