Posted on August 18, 2011

Gunmen Kill 5 in Mexican Pacific Resort City

Fox News Latino, August 17, 2011

Five men were killed in different places in Acapulco, a resort city on Mexico’s Pacific coast, the Guerrero state Public Safety Secretariat said.

Two men were gunned down Tuesday on Miguel Aleman avenue a short distance from the Magico Mundo Marino children’s entertainment center.

The men were shot dead in broad daylight, the secretariat said.

A man’s head was found on a sidewalk in Acapulco’s Rodrigo de Triana district and his trunk in a sack.

Two legs suspected of belonging to the victim were left hanging off a bridge on the busy Cuauhtemoc avenue, the secretariat said.

Gunmen killed two other men in areas on the outskirts of Acapulco.

One of the victims was identified as Estado Antonio Vargas, a 32-year-old auxiliary state police officer, the secretariat said.


The Cartel Independiente de Acapulco has been battling the Comando del Diablo for control of the illegal drug trade in the port city, police said.


Tourism industry leaders have blamed the drop in visitors to Acapulco on the global economic slowdown, interest in newer destinations like Cancun and the wave of drug-related violence.