A week ago, Mexican authorities reported that Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano aka El Lazca, the leader of Los Zetas was killed in a shootout with the marines. Allegedly not realizing they killed El Lazca, the marines took his body to an unsecured morgue from where it was stolen by gunmen.
It was also speculated after his death, that Zetas leader hopeful Miguel Treviño Morales aka Z-40 may have betrayed El Lazca to clear his path to the cartel’s leadership, but latest information from SEMAR – Secretariat of Marines has it that not only did he not betray Heriberto, instead Z-40 is believed to have been in charge of stealing the body from the Garcia Funeral Home.
I expressed preliminary doubts about the death of El Lazca – it wasn’t based on any evidence, it was just a speculation of my own – but my doubts still hold. Sure, the authorities released new images of El Lazca in the morgue as well as images of him after he was killed, but that could still be part of the conspiracy I suspect may have taken place. I must stress once again that I don’t know that for sure, but something’s telling me there is decent viability to such scenario.
Medical examiner who handled El Lazca’s autopsy established that Hariberto Lazcano took six shots from high powered military rifles, two of them in the head. But if you look at photos of him in the morgue, there just doesn’t seem to be damage characteristic of military rifle headshots. Two things:
- No Bilateral Periorbital Hematoma – headshot victims often end up with “racoon eyes” by the time they make it on an autopsy table (see included images of autopsied headshot victims vs an image of El Lazca)
- No Blasted Skull – headshots from high powered military rifles result in extensive cranial damage, oftentimes with ejected brain matter and chunks of skull blasted off
I just don’t seem to see the type of damage you would expect from two headshots from HP military grade rifles in post mortem photos of Heriberto Lazcano. Check out, for comparison, a photo of a person with racoon eyes after a headshot.
Illustration Photo of Headshot Victim with Racoon Eyes (not El Lazca):
Autopsy Photo of El Lazca Who Took Two Headshots from HP Rifles:
Likewise, a shot from an HP rifle to the elbow would have either amputated the lower arm or at least render it completely limp. Elbow trauma in post mortem photos of El Lazca just doesn’t look like it took a shot from a weapon used by the marines:
Gallery of El Lazca’s autopsy and shootout scene photo is below. Includes two illustrative images not of El Lazca: