Juárez murder rate hits five-year low

Rio Grande Digital

For the first time in five years, authorities in Ciudad Juárez reported an average under one homicide a day during October.

There were 30 homicides in the embattled border city during the 31 days of October, according to El Diario de Juárez. More than 12,000 people have been slain in Juárez since President Felipe Calderon declared his war on drug trafficking in 2007. Across Mexico, the death toll is reported variously between 60,000 and 120,000.

Last month started with six deaths on Oct. 1, but there were 14 October days with no homicides. In October 2010, there were 359 homicides reported. So far this year, there have been 697 homicides in Juárez, including:

  • January: 118 deaths, including 12 women, two children and eight police officers.
  • February: 82 deaths, including 10 women, a child and a police officer.
  • March: 105 deaths, including 15 women, four children and nine police officers.
  • April: 108 deaths, including 18 women and six children.
  • May: 74 deaths, including six women, six children and two police officers.
  • June: 49 deaths, including two children.
  • July: 45 deaths, including three women and two children.
  • August: 38 deaths, including four women and three children.
  • September: 48 deaths, including eight women, two children and two police officers.

Source: El Diario de Juárez

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