CHILAPA de Alvarez -
Six severed heads were discovered on Thursday, March 31,2022, on the top of a car along the side of the busy road in Mexico with a dire warning message that others might receive the same fate, the latest gruesome discovery in a country riven by gang-related violence, the Washington Examiner reports.
The attorney general's office for Mexico confirmed in a statement on Thursday, March 31,2022, that the heads belonging to six men had been discovered on an abandoned Volkswagen on a busy road in the town of Chilapa de Alvarez, according to a Reuter's report. A sign strung by two nearby trees issued a warning that others would meet the same fate if they engaged in illegal activities, the Washington Examiner reports, "In Chilapa selling crystal, kidnapping, extortion and stealing are strictly prohibited. This will happen to anyone who messes around," the sign reads, according to a photo of the crime scene provided by the police to Reuters, the message continues, "Capital punishment is the sentence for all these crimes."
Authorities said the corpses would be buried on Friday, April 1, 2022.
The town of Chilapa de Alvarez is located in the state of Guerrero, where 43 students studying to be teachers disappeared in 2014. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has denied accusations that the government attempted to conceal and withhold information in the investigation, Washington Examiner reports.
Discoveries of mutilated bodies dumped in public or hung from bridges have increased in Mexico in recent years as criminal gangs seek to intimidate their rivals.
In June 2021, two heads and other human remains were left at polling stations in the border city of Tijuana on election day, Cbsnews.com reports.
Across the country, more than 340,000 people have been killed in a wave of bloodshed since the government deployed the army to fight drug cartels in 2006, Cbsnews.com reports.
Cbsnews.com reports, on Sunday night March 27, 2022, 20 people were killed at a venue used to host cockfights in the town of Las Tinajas, Michoacan state in Mexico. An American mother was among the victims, her teen sister was shot multiple times and remains in a Mexican Hospital.