Mexico Murder Rate Soars to Average of 94 Killings Per Day

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Mexican officials said there have been 17,065 homicides in the first six months of 2019.  The number averages to 94 violent killings per day and is a 3% increase from the first six months of 2018, which was previously the record-holder. The increase in violent deaths is attributed largely to ongoing power struggles between cartels in Guanajuato, Jalisco, Baja California, Chihuahua, Veracruz, Mexico City, and Guerrero.

Mexican officials said there have been 17,065 homicides in the first six months of 2019.

The number averages to 94 violent killings per day and is a 3% increase from the first six months of 2018, which was previously the record-holder, according to the National Public Security System. Data compiled by the Secretariat of Security and Citizens Protection show that June alone saw more than 3,000 deaths.

The increase in violent deaths is attributed largely to ongoing power struggles between cartels in Guanajuato, Jalisco, Baja California, Chihuahua, Veracruz, Mexico City, and Guerrero. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel and the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel have been battling over turf in Guanajuato.

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I suspect some of this increase may be due to migrants waiting in Mexico for their cases to be heard in the U.S.