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Latino Daily News

Monday October 11, 2010

New Mayor of Violence-Plagued Juarez Takes Office

The most violence city in Mexico has a new, albeit nervous, Mayor who took office on Sunday.  Hector Murguia, also known by the name, El Teto was sworn into office at the Juarez Gimnasio Universitario amidst intense security and many hopefulness residents.

This is the second time Murguia is serving as the Mayor of this border city having served from 2004 through 2007 and things are quite different now.  Murguia is succeeding Jose Reyes Ferriz, whose tenure is marked as the deadliest in the city’s history with more than 6,600 people killed since 2008.  This year alone 2,400 Juarez citizens have been killed.

The city is not only plagued by drug cartel violence but also a 20 percent rate of unemployment.  Regardless Murguia remains focused and committed to the city’s “main problem” public safety.