The never-ending violence in Mexico generated the deadliest month in two years with an average of 99 murders a day during March.
Mexico’s Secretary General of National Public Security reported Monday that 3,078 people were murdered last month – the highest figure since June 2018 when 3,158 homicides were reported.
March was also the most violent month under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration.
The Secretary General of National Public Security said the murders in March increased by 7.7 percent from February, which had 2,858 homicides or an average of 98.5 murders per day.
The central state of Guanajuato, which has been engulfed by a three-year war between the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel – considered the most powerful criminal organization in the country – reported 810 murders in March.
On March 31, at least five people were executed inside a scrap metal yard by alleged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
On March 14, 12-year-old Leonardo Ortiz and a family friend were among five who died after they were caught in the middle of a shooting while leaving a restaurant in the Guanajuato municipality of Salamanca.
Nadia Rodríguez Saro Martínez, 23, was gunned down while driving her car in Salamanca after had dropped off a friend after a night out partying March 8.
The United States Embassy in Mexico City banned to all government personnel official travel to Guanajuato, which was among the most deadliest states in Mexico with 2,834 homicides last year.
Government homicide data for March shows Guanajuato was followed by State of Mexico, 444; Michoacán, 467; Chihuahua, 391; Baja California, 384; Jalisco, 331; Guerrero, 244; Sonora, 236 and Veracruz 223.
Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, registered 226 homicides throughout March.
Prosecutor offices of the 32 states and the capital that make up the country of 126million residents reported that 8,829 people have been murdered throughout the first three months of 2020.
Overall, there have been 46,327 murders since President López Obrador entered office December 2018.