MORELIA, Mexico – Organized crime is suspected in the torture and murder of four people in the western Mexican town of Buenavista Tomatlan, a source in the Michoacan state Attorney General’s Office told Efe on Friday.
Each of the victims – identified only as two men and two women in their early 20s – was blindfolded and finished off with a gunshot to the head, the source said.
The bodies were found hanging from a metal archway at the entrance to El Limon de la Luna, a community in Buenavista Tomatlan, one of five Michoacan municipalities where residents have organized militias to defend themselves from a criminal outfit known as Los Caballeros Templarios (The Knights Templar).
Los Caballeros, a breakaway faction of the La Familia Michoacana mob, have come to dominate the illegal drug trade in Michoacan and are also involved in kidnapping, extortion and murder-for-hire.
The source in the state AG’s office suggested Los Caballeros killed the people found Friday in an effort to intimidate the community self-defense groups.
Two members of the local militia in the municipality of Apatzingan were among five men who were killed Thursday in the Michoacan village of La Cuchilla.
Mexico’s Federal Police said three of its officers were killed and five others wounded Thursday in an attack by suspected Los Caballeros gunmen in the southern state of Guerrero.
The assailants attacked a convoy of Federal Police vehicles traveling on the Siglo XXI highway, which links Morelia, capital of Michoacan, to the Pacific coast. EFE