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Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012          MexicoPerspective.com

8 of the 14 murders Ensenada saw in September appear resolved; municipality returns to normal calm

Wife of technician at San Pedro Martir observatory allegedly paid $469 to have him killed

Murder of father-in-law of mayor's son still not solved

      Eight of the 14 killings that took place in Ensenada in September appear to have been resolved. Authorities said this week that it appears that the wife of Francisco Loza Valencia was responsible for his death, who alleged paid 6,000 pesos ($469) to two subjects to carrying out the slaying. Adriana Briscia Vázquez Muñoz married Loza in 2007 and they separated in 2010 and were in the process of divorce; it was alleged that Loza had abused their daughter. Loza was a technician at the San Pedro Martir observatory.

      Three men were recently arrested in the mid-September killing of gas station attendant Cynthia Yadira Iriarte Crespo, 34; DNA tests pointed to their participation in the crime.

      On Oct. 3, three men were arrested in the September death of businessman Joel Jacob Ramírez. On Sept. 26, a 17-year-old was charged in the September death Pedro Gómez Torres, 45.

       One high-profile case that remains unsolved is the Sept. 19 killing of José de Jesús López, 72, the father-in-law of Ensenada Mayor Enrique Pelayo's son.  Another high-profile case still on the books involves the slaying of two young women, Leilany Domínguez Carrillo, 21, and Christy Alejandra Uribe Ortiz, 20. Their bodies were found Sept. 4.

       State prosecutor Rommel Moreno said Ensenada has returned to its normal calm and said none of the sets of killings appear to be related. 

Story on the apparently resolved slayings, Frontera (PDF).
Story on the astronomer killing, Ensenada.net. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Frontera's story on DNA tests implicating three in killing of Cynthia Yadira Iriarte Crespo (PDF).

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There was no insecurity barometer in Frontera on Monday, Oct. 15.

Publication date Violent deaths in Tijuana by week according to Frontera's Insecurity Barometer
Oct. 8 2
Oct. 1 2
Sept. 24 2
Sept. 17 6*
Sept. 10 9
Sept. 3 0
Aug. 27 2
Aug. 20 4
Aug. 13 2
Aug. 6 0
July 30 3
July 23 1
July 16 4
July 9 2
July 2 page did not run
June 25 4
June 18 3
June 11 5
June 4 3
May 28 9
May 21 3
May 14 2
May 7 3
April 30 6
April 23 0
April 16 page did not run
April 9 6
April 2 7
March 26 1
March 19 3
March 12 0
March 5 9
Feb. 27 5
Feb. 20 2
Feb. 13 1
Feb. 6 1
Total 112 — does not include January, or weeks ending April 15, July 1 and Oct. 14

* The six deaths listed appear to be low as two stories mentioning seven violent deaths ran at the bottom of the page.

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