Central de Abasto is some kind of wholesale market for produce, fish and other bulk foods in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. I imagine it’s a similar deal to what we know as the Farmer’s Market.
Early in the morning, as merchants were setting up their stalls to prepare for the day, Central de Abasto was stormed by a group of armed men who opened fire at defenceless vendors, killing two women and one man, wounding two others. Then they fled in an getaway car as quickly as they came.
The victims were identified as 23 year old Noelia Solís Abarca, 22 year old Gisela Solís Abarca and Ignacio Castillo Flores who was working as fees collector that day. The two wounded were 55 year old Ernesto Castillo Flores and 45 year old Juan Solís Téllez.
Gunmen left a narcomensaje which contained the following text:
ESTO ME PASO X ANDAR DE OSICON Y X ABLAR MAMADAS A.T.T. Guerreros Unidos
Google translation came up with this nonsense:
THIS WALK FOR ME STEP X YX Ablar OSICON Warriors ATT BLOWJOB States
More than 20 people have been executed in or around the Central de Abasto so far this year. Most of the victims were fruit traders, taxi drivers or random people shopping for produce.
I find this incredibly sickening and sad. Victimizing poor fruit merchants barely earning enough to get by? Acapulco is already one hell of a dangerous place, why shoot at people trying to earn an honest dollar by spending their whole days at a stinky, overcrowded market? The narcomensaje makes no sense to me, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the gunmen were some lowlife pieces of shit looking for an easy racket and defenceless market vendors seemed like easy targets that can’t afford to fight back.