7 killed in Aca­pulco amid on­go­ing wave of vi­o­lence

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Seven peo­ple have been mur­dered in the beach re­sort of Aca­pulco as the city con­tin­ues to grap­ple with a vi­o­lent crime wave, Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties said Wed­nes­day. The killings on Tuesday in­cluded the slay­ing of two men and a woman at an apart­ment used as an of­fice for a taxi ser­vice. Guer­rero state se­cu­rity spokesper­son Roberto Al­varez said both men were bound with tape and all three were shot in the head. Fam­ily mem­bers said the men were taxi driv­ers. Aca­pulco reg­is­tered 483 homi­cides in the first seven months of the year. That was down about 13 per cent from the same pe­riod in 2016, but still on pace for it to re­main Mex­ico’s dead­li­est city. Na­tion­wide, homi­cides are up 27 per cent so far this year.

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