From the first hours of Saturday and until the night was over the state of Guanajuato was the epicenter of a day marked by violence and firearms.
Apaseo el Alto was the municipality where there were more violent deaths (9). Around 11am several vans with armed individuals on board entered through the free highway Querétato-Celaya to the community of San Antonio Calichar and fired indiscriminately against the inhabitants.
The reasons why the armed group attacked that place are unknown , nevertheless, neighbors that witnessed the facts related that the convoy fled after the aggression and later went to the town of San Bartolo and carried out another shooting that took the lives of 3 people more: a man and his son just five years old, as well as a 14 year old teenager.
At 10 o’clock pm, reprisal to the event that took place in Apaseo el Alto, an armed commando sent several people into the Colonia April 24, leaving one dead and two injured, including a child under 5 years of age.
One of the victims was in a church, where he was going to be the godfather of a wedding, which was taking place in the religious compound.
The godfather of a wedding was executed inside a Catholic church just before starting the mass in the community of San Miguel de Emenguaro, in the Municipality of Salvatierra. Armed individuals entered the church and approached the victim, opened fire and subsequently fled the scene.
In Pénjamo, two armed individuals entered a house in Colonia Del Sol and shot dead a man identified as Ignacio Hernández. In the house were members of the victim’s family, who were unharmed.
In the municipality of Salvatierra 3 people were executed in the La Esperanza neighborhood, only a few meters from a church. In the community of Santa Teresa , in Guanajuato, the bodies of two teenagers who were stabbed to death were found. In Abasolo, Valle de Santiago and Salamanca three other people were executed.
In two of the cases the bodies were found in depopulated areas and the third was a merchant murdered by motorcycle hitmen outside a popular market.
While all this violence occurred in the state, former President Vicente Fox Quesada demanded guards for his protection – paid with public resources – from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
” This morning an armed commando tried to enter my house, it is a serious situation that requires immediate attention, ” Fox tweeted.
According to a report in the newspaper Reforma , which cites private security personnel that safeguards the former president’s property, on Saturday two armed people arrived and claimed that they were escorts of a couple, who would marry in The Fox Center. Security personnel told them that there would be no wedding at the ranch, and the armed people withdrew.
Guanajuato was the third entity in Mexico with the most crimes committed , according to the latest figures from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) for the month of last October 2018. This state comes in third behind Mexico City and the State of Mexico.
Specifically, in the crime of homicide, the state ranks seventh nationally in 376 cases only in the month of last October 2018.