SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. – On the heels of a record-setting year for bloodshed, this border city recorded its second homicide of the month for January on Wednesday.
A 28-year-old man identified by municipal police only as Roberto N. was gunned down shortly before 8 p.m. in front of a home at Durango Avenue and 8th Street on the city’s south side.
The man was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to a hospital in Mexicali, Baja Calif., where he died early Thursday morning, police said.
Police said unknown subjects fired at the victim from a vehicle, but got out and chased him as he ran to the home for safety. As of Thursday afternoon, no suspects had been arrested in the killing.
The slaying follows the discovery on Jan. 3 of a body of a male in a canal on the east side of the city. Police said he was wearing a white jacket, denim pants and tennis shoes, and had been shot once in the head.
The victim was later identified as Jose Manuel N., a 21-year-old resident of Caborca, Son., a city about 220 miles to the east. Police in Mexico typically do not release the full names of crime victims or of suspects who have yet to be prosecuted.
That killing remains under investigation.
The slayings follow a trend in 2019 of escalating violence attributed mainly to feuding drug cartels and street gangs.
From January 2019 through November, 90 slayings occurred in San Luis Rio Colorado, according to Semáforo Delictivo, a civilian organization that compiles crime statistics for major cities in each of Mexico’s 31 states. The organization has not released the tally of slayings in December.