15 Stories from Mexico Revealed: A year’s worth of horrors

T he only real body is the one lying on the ground, because most of the bodies were stuffed in bags. We talked to someone who was lucky enough to give us access to…

15 Stories from Mexico Revealed: A year's worth of horrors

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he only real body is the one lying on the ground, because most of the bodies were stuffed in bags. We talked to someone who was lucky enough to give us access to the bank vault but couldn’t speak English. This guy said that his large friend was buried in bags under a pile of police paperwork. None of them died in the shooting, and in some of the photos they seem to have expired and are left there like nameless scraps of paper. There are no signs of gunshots, and though some of the bodies are obviously bloated, others do not seem to be much bigger than normal. All of the corpses have been pushed from the bank, with an overpass in the background.

Orvango, a city of around 35,000, is actually located slightly north of Laguna del Tigre, where the majority of the bodies were found. The city is practically defunct; the president of the town is not speaking to anyone, and there is literally nothing left there except our three journalists. The body count in this incident of 14 bodies could only come from a rash of criminal assassinations that have lasted the past year. The news channels from Laguna del Tigre are just as sketchy as our reporting, because the situation is changing every few minutes.

There are rumors that thirteen of the bodies were, in fact, police officers, so there is some plausibility in that. But most of the information we’ve gotten about this case is from another reporter, not from police, but from the military that controls the region. We’ve since received an anonymous email, from someone that writes about homicides in Mexico regularly, that suggests that someone got money or drugs from the suspects, and they killed back. The anonymous eyewitness who shared this email told us that the police were shot after providing a tip on two two people, using the name of one of the two people as a fake by the end of their attempt to escape.

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