Police discovered 10 charred bodies in a burned-out vehicle in the violence-plagued Mexican state of Guerrero on Friday, Reuters reported.
Authorities are currently investigating the grisly incident. No culprit has been officially nabbed, but it’s been reported that the killings were carried out by gunmen from a local cartel.
It is easy to forget how dangerous Mexico can be. Americans were reminded of that fact when American-Mexican citizens were gunned down by cartel gunmen back in November.
Earlier this month, another incident resulted in the death of a 13-year-old when gunmen shot at an American family heading home after a holiday visit, according to the New York Post.
The latest incident also seems to be the work of cartel gunmen. The 10 victims ranged from adults to younger males who were all said to be part of a musical group.
Locals alerted the police after spotting the flaming vehicle, but by the time authorities arrived, it was too late to save any of the victims.
Cartels in a constant state of war
The Mexican government is clearly unable to control the cartel violence that plagues the nation, and it is likely time for President Donald Trump to issue a travel warning for Mexico.
Mexico is divided by rival cartels that fight for control of natural resources and territories. The violence also doesn’t stay just between cartels; all too often, innocent people are caught in the crossfire if they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The southern state of Guerrero is one of the most violent states in Mexico. The region was on track to set a record for homicides in 2019.
The cartels have created a state of lawlessness in which they rule supreme. Anyone who opposes them can expect to be gunned down in broad daylight, and often with no repercussions.
Most concerning is the fact that cartel violence is spilling over the border into the United States. Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan said in December that it may be time for the U.S. to “go down to Mexico and help them address this crisis once and for all.”
“A safer Mexico means a safer U.S.,” Homan pointed out. “These criminal cartels don’t respect the borders and that violence will pour over our border and we’ve already seen over 60,000 opioid deaths from the drugs being poured across the border by these cartels.”