Mexico says June had 2,234 murders
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.