Mex­ico says June had 2,234 mur­ders

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment statis­tics show June was the coun­try’s dead­li­est month in at least 20 years, with mur­ders reach­ing 2,234.

The one-month to­tal also makes 2017 the dead­li­est first half of a year that Mex­ico has seen in at least two decades.

From Jan­uary to June the coun­try recorded 12,155 homi­cides, nearly 31 per­cent higher than the same pe­riod last year. It also tops the num­ber seen in the first half of 2011, the pre­vi­ous high.

June was the third con­sec­u­tive month when mur­ders in­creased.

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