Mexico: 10 Slain in Melon Patch; Online Journalist Gunned Down

Richard Fausset and Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, March 4, 2013

Ten agricultural workers were slain in a melon patch in the state of Guerrero on Sunday, officials and media reported, one of a string of violent incidents in Mexico in recent days presumably committed by organized crime groups.

{snip} Two people were injured and at least one of the dead was a woman, the reports said, though details remained sketchy.

In the border state of Chihuahua, gunmen killed the editor of an online newspaper Sunday in Ojinaga. And in Sinaloa state, local media reported that seven people, including four police officers, were slain at dawn Monday by armed assailants.

The melon-field attack, reported by Guerrero’s attorney general and Mexico’s state news agency, was among a number of disturbing recent events that underscored the challenge facing new President Enrique Peña Nieto, who inherited the war on organized crime from his predecessor.

Guerrero’s Tierra Caliente region is home to the Knights Templar cartel, which has scared off residents of more than 20 small towns in the nearby Costa Grande area, creating an eerie string of “ghost pueblos.” A recent Times report described how the Knights Templar sought to integrate rural residents into their effort, demanding monthly extortion payments and loyalty pledges.

Some locals said they felt squeezed between the cartel and members of the Mexican army, who have treated them with suspicion and, some allege, violated residents’ human rights.

Guerrero also is struggling with autodefensa groups—masked and armed men who have sprung up there and in other states, promising to bring vigilante justice in areas they say are not adequately policed by the government.


The slain Chihuahuan journalist, Jaime Guadalupe González, ran a news website based in Ojinaga, along the border with Texas just west of Big Bend National Park. According to the newspaper El Universal, he was shot 15 times as he was headed to his office to publish a story.


Separately, authorities in rural Jalisco state reported finding two Bengal tigers and several deer at a suspected drug lab last week. Drug lords have been known to covet large and endangered animals as trophies to flaunt their wealth, but it was unclear who operated the lab or kept the tigers.

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  • Luca

    Ten fruit pickers killed in a melon patch, newspaper editor slain, seven people including four policemen slain by armed assailants, cartels scaring off residents, creating ghost towns and demanding monthly extortion payments, and masked vigilante’s roaming the countryside looking for justice.

    All this from a country with some of the strictest gun control laws in the world..

    • pcmustgo

      OK, BUT MEXICO DIDN’T USED TO BE THIS DANGEROUS IN THE 50’S , 60’S AND 70’S… the drug wars, which american consumers of drugs fuel, fuel a lot of this. It’s just true.

      • Luca

        I don’t care. The point is when you live in a country with Gun Control Laws you do not stop the criminals from having guns. Doesn’t matter how the crime got started, what matters is how you control it. Law-abiding citizens with guns, would be in a better position to protect themselves and would result in more dead criminals. Get it now?

    • Shattered

      Already in a neighborhood near you.

  • joesolargenius

    I spent a lot of time in Mexico up until the early eighties and their culture is by nature a violent and corrupt one , back then most girls were married at fourteen and had four kids before they were twenty . There was very little middle class and most men over forty only had a fourth grade education , and the novellas only portrayed women as victims being abused and murdered by villains whom were then killed by the hero . This means the uneducated were programed to believe that they were either the victim ,villain or hero and grew up relating to those role models accordingly .

    • Nathanwartooth

      Hispanics from Mexico were rated the highest on a survey done asking if it was OK to abuse government programs, lie on taxes, etc. Even higher than American Blacks. Truly shocking how corrupt they are.

      • pcmustgo

        maybe has to do with the civilizing influence of whites… whites push a lot of morals in this country, we all discuss morality a lot here.

      • Felix_M

        And the A-holes in congress are actively working to flush the country down the toilet with their amnesty for tens of millions of illegal aliens, most of whom come from Mexico.

    • mobilebay

      Why, Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderon insist that if it weren’t for the US, Mexico would be a country full of happy people who all have college degrees, good jobs, a three-bedroom house with a 2-car garage and a fiesta every night. Oh, and no drug wars, no kidnapping, nor any killings. Just an ideal place where everyone would stay home and no Mexican officials would ever meddle in our immigration laws.

    • Felix_M

      Even everyday Latino fiction is outright filthy and degrading. It is NOT a culture to emulate. I do NOT want my grandchildren to absorb those Latino “family values” from people who come from countries where the incidence of adolescent pregnancy is 2nd only to Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Do bears crap in the woods?

    Do Mexicans crap in the melon patch?

    And do you wonder why there are “E Coli” breakouts?

    • Of course. You think they hold it all day? No, they do both #1 and #2 right there in the field. They spread their diseases into the food and produce, and you just can’t wash that out by wrenching it under the faucet.

      • Felix_M

        This is a big reason I have cut way back on dining out. I don’t want my salad prepared by someone who wasn’t taught as a child to use toilet paper or to wash his hands after going to the bathroom.

  • The__Bobster

    This is the culture that Obongo wants to bring here?

  • The__Bobster

    The proportion of the Mexican population that is literate is going up, but in absolute numbers, there are more illiterate people in Mexico now than there were 12 years ago. Even if baseline literacy, the ability to read a street sign or news bulletin, is rising, the practice of reading an actual book is not. Once a reasonably well-educated country, Mexico took the penultimate spot, out of 108 countries, in a Unesco assessment of reading habits a few years ago.

    • pcmustgo

      THANKFULLY, THEY ARE DOWN TO 2 CHILDREN PER WOMAN BIRTH RATE DOWN THERE. If we cut off welfare here, Mexican-American women may reduce too.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        They probably would, but I doubt we will see it happen anytime soon. Democrats are counting on a high Hispanic birthrate in America to take over Texas (among other states). They won’t allow a single dollar to be cut from any program that helps Hispanic women reproduce.

        And the Republicans will go along with it, like the good little lapdogs they are.

    • bigone4u

      South Texas Hispanics do not read books either. One local goodwill in a Mexican area is loaded with 49 cent books, but they sit on the shelf. It’s appalling, but I get my pick. BTW, the books are donated by white persons, who do read.

      • Felix_M

        Among Latinos going to the library and reading make one an elitist.

  • The__Bobster

    Separately, authorities in rural Jalisco state reported finding two Bengal tigers and several deer at a suspected drug lab last week.

    Our darkies were doing it first.–attacked-New-Yorkers-unique-relationship-unusual-pet.html

  • I am not sure where to put this but here’s an FYI for you.

  • bigone4u

    Here in Texas at 3 pm I would sometimes drive by a junior high school populated with 100 percent Mexicans. Many of the 14 year old girls would be pushing babies in carriages going home from school. The males were often dressed in gang garb and would flash gang signs back and forth. That’s in the USA! The recent Amren post about a 13 year old Mexican hitman is soon going to be a reality this side of the border. Meanwhile, the white tourists flock here to eat Mexican food and be charmed by Mariachi bands, oblivious to the rot just out of their line of vision. Mexico for Mexicans, America for Americans.

    • Tim

      What part of SA are you in?…

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Wouldn’t it be better if this gang left the farmers in their area alive, just so they’ve have more to eat?

  • scutum

    Illegal alien amnesty and open borders are all being pushed by the elites in Washington in an attepmpt to import a new electorate that will support their Marxist vision for the country. Government handouts insure loyalty to the government, and the new electorate is a major recipient of our social welfare programs.

  • libertarian 1234

    It was reported not long ago that a recent estimate of violent deaths in Mexico amounted to about 60,000 people since 2006 when Calderon declared a war on the cartels.

    And Mexico has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. Why the gun advocates don’t point to these figures to show what an abysmal failure gun control is I don’t know.

    “Most estimates put the number of people killed in drug-related violence since
    late 2006 at more than 60,000.”