The bodies of three children and 17 adults were found Monday in two states in central Mexico, with signs of torture and organized crime messages, local police reported.
Thirteen naked bodies of 10 adults and three minors were first found in Zitacuaro, a town in the central state of Michoacan, outside a gas station. All the bodies were left with evidence of torture and messages of their murderers, but their contents were not disclosed.
Local police said the killer left the bodies in the early hours of Monday at a site near the town of Zitacuaro, which is the home base to “The Family” and “The Knights Templar” cartels, major gangs in Mexico involved in drug trafficking, kidnapping and extortion.
Shortly afterwards, the Attorney General of the State of Mexico confirmed the discovery of seven bodies in three municipalities of the state.
Three of the bodies were found aboard a burned truck in the municipality of Naucalpan. All were beheaded with the heads found near the van.
Similarly, the bodies of three others who were tortured and killed with gun shots were found near the Social Rehabilitation Center in the municipality of Chalco, while the last victim was killed by at least six shots from a firearm.