Photo: Nuevo Laredo Prison Violence, Mexico
Four inmates died in a fight and a woman committed suicide at a prison in Nuevo Laredo, a border city in northeastern Mexico, the Tamaulipas state Public Safety Secretariat said.
The victims, who ranged in age from 23 to 29, died on Sunday, a day after being arrested on murder and criminal conspiracy charges, the secretariat said.
The four male inmates died early Sunday at the prison in Nuevo Laredo, where “they lost their lives as a result of a fight between prisoners in which sharp weapons were used,” the secretariat said.
Alejandro Flores Charles, Jose Torres Garcia, Gerardo Javier Colunga Padron and Jose Juan Antonio Carvajal were spending their first night at the prison following their arrests on Saturday, the secretariat said.
Three inmates, ranging in age from 23 to 38, “accepted responsibility for the incident,” the secretariat said.
The inmates told investigators they killed the four men over “personal problems with one of the deceased,” the secretariat said.
The fifth victim, identified as 23-year-old Adriana Yacare, was also booked on murder and criminal conspiracy charges on Saturday and processed at the prison.
“Her lifeless body was found hanging from an iron bar with a bedsheet tied around her neck. A letter explaining the reasons for her suicide was found in the cell,” the Tamaulipas state Public Safety Secretariat said.
Officials, however, did not say whether the woman was linked to the four men killed in the prison fight.