Puebla authorities are keeping quiet about the alleged execution of José Nava Romero, (below left) leader of a criminal cell known as los Rojos, armed wing of the Beltrán Leyva organization, at a Palenque (cockfights) in the town of San Antonio Cacalotepec (San Andrés Cholula), in the early hours of Sunday.
The Attorney General of Justice of Puebla has only given a brief police report mentioning the murder of a man, about 45-year-old who was unidentified. They have not provided any report of the facts nor confirmed the identity of the deceased.
Meanwhile, in the state of Guerrero it was confirmed that a funeral service company collected the body of Nava Romero on Sunday evening.
The shooting in which the leader of los Rojos died, took place around 2:30 hours in a ballroom named Santa Maria, located in the private Juan Pablo Segundo 4, in the district of Santa María de Cacalotepec, which was eventually rented for cockfights.
The body of Nava Romero was laying face-up a few blocks from the Palenque, on 24 de Febrero street, adjacent to an Escalade with Querétaro plates, which bore no traces of shooting.
According to police sources, within the party room there were caps of R-15 rifle and evidence of a bloody shootout, in which high power weapons were used.
According to testimonies of neighbors and people who were in the location, a X-Trail SUV arrived with a group of assassins who opened fire against the so-called leader of the criminal group. A chase then took place with several vehicles. There are also versions saying it was a brawl in the heat of the cock fight.
A spokeswoman for the unit said they were waiting for prosecutors to conduct forensic tests to provide information about the case.
Additional Backstory information:
“El Barbas” and “El Grande
When the organization of Beltrán Leyva split after the murder of its leader, Arturo Beltrán Leyva (aka “El Barbas” or “Jefe de Jefes”) in a hotel of Cuernavaca, Morelos, it was known that the persecution started days before in the state of Puebla. The shootout that resulted in the killing of “El Barbas” also resulted in the death of Jesus Nava Romero, aka “El Rojo”, brother of Jose Nava.
After the death of the leader of the Beltrán Leyva on December 16th of 2009, at the hands of Mexico’s Marina, the violence intensified in the state of Guerrero, especially in the port of Acapulco where his forces concentrated, and 23 minor cells sprouted which disputed the plaza in bloody conflicts.
After a couple of years of confrontations, the criminal group Los Rojos, led by José Nava who presumably was killed this dawn- is considered the stronger and most prevalent group on the coasts of Guerrero.
Another event that relates to leaders of criminal groups in Puebla, is the capture of Sergio Villarreal Barragan, aka “El Grande”, in the luxurious development Puerta de Hierro, in the street Mercaderes number 13, on September 12th of 2010. Villarreal was one of the lieutenants of Arturo Beltrán Leyva.