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Latino Daily News

Sunday October 31, 2010

Soccer Field Massacre in Honduras Leaves 14 Dead

A group of unidentified gunmen opened fire on a football field in Colonia Felipe Zelaya, Honduras leaving 14 dead and scores of others injured.  The group of players playing on the open field were known to come every weekend to play and might have been targeted, police report, nonetheless a motive is unknown.

The massacre took place in one of the more crowded and poor neighborhoods in the north of the country.  Colonia Felipe is also home to hundreds of gang members and their families. 

These mass shootings are common place in Honduras in areas where there is gang concentration.  They are used as a tool of extortion or intimidation toward rival gang members.  In September 18 people were killed in a shoe factory and last month 6 youth were killed in a drug house.