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February 02, 2010

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Another possible motive might be revenge for a witness who might had testified or to silence further testimony, or to send a message for the ones who dare to testify, all typical motives of organize crime.

"Officials told local reporters that one of the students killed had recently testified about another gangland killing in Juarez. The city, which borders El Paso, in recent years has become one of the world's most violent cities as gangsters fight for control of the local narcotics trade."

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2010/02/teens-among-14-killed-at-juarez-party.html

Yes ... the slaughter of the students was especially terrible, and extremely cold blooded.

But several aspects of the killing point to precise planning and "professional tactics. For one thing, two vehicles were used to block the ends of the street where the victims' house was located. Meanwhile, other SUV's carried the killers to the house - allowing a quick hit and and a guaranteed escape. Also, the killers apparently separated the male victims from the females at the house, before murdering people.

The whole incident appears to be carefully planned, and intended to deliver a very serious message from one of the cartels.

For this reason, it's more than a little surprising that Mexican authorities are claiming that they already have a "suspect" in custody. If the killers were professionals working for the cartel - surely they would have escaped? And just as surely, any witnesses at the house would be completely intimidated from identifying the perpetrators. It is also surprising, and in fact almost unbelievable, that the mayor is saying that this was a random killing. That is nonsense ... it looks a lot more like the authorities are desperately trying to cover up the true nature of the crime.

But who knows ... we'll see if any real light is shed on this awful incident.

Well, the news today confirmed that at least one (and probably several) of the killers in the incident were from La Linea, and therefore directly tied to the Juarez Cartel. Hence my earlier comments about "professional tactics" were correct.

What is disturbing, and still hard to understand, is that the reported motive for the killing was a "gang vs. gang" dispute. In other words, a fight between the Aztecas and a rival gang.

If the Juarez Cartel is now transferring the "know how" for these brutal assassination methods down to its street-level enforcement gangs, then Mexico is headed for a very bloody future. But the real motive remains unclear, and you have to wonder if La Linea does not have another underlying reason for what happened this week.

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