Murders in Mexico Rise by a Third in 2018 to New Record

Murder investigations in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year, official data showed. Authorities opened 33,341 murder investigations compared to the previous year’s record of 25,036, according to the Interior Ministry.

During court proceedings recently, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka “El Chapo,” claimed former president Enrique Peña Nieto had accepted a one hundred million dollar bribe from the cartel leader. Peña Nieto presided over a 40 percent increase in murder investigations over his six-year term in office.

Of Mexico’s 31 states, Guanajuato registered the most murder investigations opened in 2018, with 3,290, more than three times as many murder investigations as the year before, 1,084.

Mexico had 861 cases of murders of women in 2018 compared with 735 the year before. Mexico’s national statistics office calculated a record number of homicides in 2017, at 31,174,  using methodologies going beyond opened investigations. The national statistics office has yet to present its data for violent crime in 2018.



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