08/23/18 Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors opened 2,599 homicide investigations — an average of 84 a day — last month, Mexico‘s national public security agency said Tuesday. In some of those cases, there were multiple victims, although authorities did not provide a total.
Killings have been rising steadily in Mexico since 2015 as increasingly fragmented criminal groups battle for control of drug trafficking routes and other illegal markets, such as stolen fuel and cargo.
Many in Mexico say the country’s crime-fighting efforts are also partly to blame for the rising body count.
With U.S. backing, Mexico has gone to battle against the cartels, jailing drug users and drug runners, destroying opium and marijuana fields and sending thousands of armed soldiers into the streets.