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Latino Daily News

Tuesday March 12, 2013

Gun Violence in Mexico Claims More Innocent Lives

Gun Violence in Mexico Claims More Innocent Lives

Photo: Mexico Drug Cartels and Where they Operate

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A minor and a man died during a series of “chases and confrontations between armed civilians” in Reynosa, a border city in northern Mexico, officials said.

The minor “was hit by a bullet that killed him while he was traveling with his father in a private vehicle,” the Tamaulipas state Attorney General’s Office and the Public Safety Secretariat said in a joint statement.

Jose Luis Vargas Hernandez, a 37-year-old taxi driver, was also killed in the shootouts.

The man’s body was found by police inside his taxi on an avenue in Reynosa, located across the border from McAllen, Texas.

Gunmen blocked avenues in the border city and engaged rivals in shootouts.

Reynosa is controlled by the Gulf cartel, which has been battling Los Zetas for smuggling routes in the area.

After several years as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

A total of 914 drug-related murders occurred in Mexico in February, the government said in a report released Friday.

Some 3,157 people have been killed since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office on Dec. 1.