Remains of seven headless bodies were discovered at around 5pm on Thursday, July 12, 2012 in a Nissan pickup truck with the State of Guerrero licence plates. The truck was parked next to an Apatlaco gas station on Boulevard 17 Abril, within a community named “Los Pilares” in a municipality of Jojutla, state of Morelos, Mexico.
Three of the heads belonging with the bodies were found weighting down a narcomensaje in Puente de Ixtla, in a community of Norte, on Avenida México 20 “A”, outside a kindergarten called “Fanny Anitua” (what the fuck kind of name for a kindergarten is that?).
Three other heads were found in a community of Tehuixtla, on Calle Ricardo Sanchez, weighting down another narcomensaje a few meters from Boulevard Benito Juarez, near the Posada Tehuixtla Hotel. No word on the seventh head.
In terms of geography, one set of heads was deposited 20km away from the bodies, the other set 30km away. Narcomensaje bore the following test:
Germán y Nico: aquí es territorio FM. No importa que el Ejército esté contigo, tenemos ubicadas sus casas y laboratorios. Te doy tres días para que nos busques y nos arreglemos o de lo contrario entraremos a volar y destazar todo. ATTE: FM
English translation (thanks ragcia):
Herman and Nico: This is the territory of FM. We don’t care if you work with the army. We know where your house and labratories are. You have three days for us to either meet and fix our problems or we can just come in and butcher you all. ATTE: FM
FM obviously refers to “La Familia Michoacana“.
Mexican police later arrested Omar Irám Guzmán Ortiz, aka El Nueve (The Nine) and four of his accomplices on suspicion that they were behind the killings (as well as countless other kidnappings and executions of rival cartel members). 29 year old EL Nueve was a businessman in Tlaltizapán, Morelos where he operated an insurance company under a name of Morelos Seguro. He was alleged to have been a head of La Familia Michoacana in the area and used his business to launder the cartel’s dirty money.
El Nueve’s accomplices were identified as 24 year old Edgar Ortega Arenas Adiel aka El Tribi (The Tribi) from Zacatepec, 59 year old Clemente Gonzalez Valencia aka El Clavo (The Nail) from Tlaquiltenango, 26 year old Jesus Valencia Corner aka El Chuchín (The Chuchín), and 28 year old Obed Gomez Ramos, aka La Oveja (The Sheep – my favorite nickname of the bunch) both from Jojutla.
Three of the victims were identified as high school students, one as a driver of a public transit minibus, one as a street merchant and one was unemployed.