Piaui, Brazil: High Number of Deaths in City Related to Drug Trafficking

Globo reported on August 28, 2013 that out of 154 deaths in the city of Teresina, 89 murders were related to drug trafficking activity. Police report the violence is due to increased seizures. The drug dealers are fighting for control of drug outlets, mainly cocaine that comes from other states. Innocent people, especially teenagers, fall victim to the violence between rival groups. Police claim there is an increase in the consumption of drug in the city. Read Article

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Maceio, Brazil: Gang Detained for Drug Trafficking and Homicide Charges

Globo reported on August 9th, 2013 that the State Group of Combating Criminal Organizations with the help of the Military Police arrested eleven members of a gang suspected of leading drug trafficking activity in Maceio. The gang is also suspected of numerous murders in the area. Police report the gang recruited teenagers to participate in […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: 25 policemen sentenced 624 years for murder in Carandiru Massacre

surgiu.com.br reported on August 3, 2013 that a jury in São Paulo convicted 25 military police men to 634 years in prison for killing 52 prisoners during the Carandiru Massacre on October 2, 1992. In total, 111 people were killed. Each defendant answered to the use of self-defense in response to the massacre. This is […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Egyptian Suspected of Killing Private Driver

Globo reported on June 17, 2013 that an Egyptian man was arrested on Sunday (16) in the north zone of São Paulo, accused of killing a private driver and turning the victim’s car into a taxi. The suspect confessed to killing the victim; Adriano Lopes da Fonseca, to use his car to make money as […]

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Nova Venda, Brazil: Gang Suspected of Multiple Murders in Region is Captured

otempo.com.br reported on June 30, 2013 that the Civil Police arrested three men and four women suspected to be responsible for at least eight murders in the region of Nova Venda. The investigation began eight-months ago. Police arrested the suspects after a fight about trafficking between two gangs in the region. The leader of the […]

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Indigenous People in Brazil Murdered Increases by 269%

ultimosegundo.ig.com.br reported on June 7, 2013, that the number of indigenous people murdered, increased by 269% during the Lula and Dilma administration, compared to the eight-year term of Fernando Henrique Cardoso. The Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) reported that during the Cardoso administration, there was an average of 20.8 deaths per year compared to Lula with […]

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Maceio, Brazil: Suspect in Favela Arrested for Murder Accusations

Globo reported on May 30, 2013 that the National Police Force and Homicide Division in Maceio arrested a suspect known as “Monster” in Favela Mundaú. Cristiano Silva dos Santos, who goes by the name “Monster”, is accused of viciously murdering at least 20 people in the favela. Other members of his gang have been detained. […]

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Dynamite, Gun, and Drug Possession Arrest in Itapoã, Brazil

On May 17, 2013, Globo reported that at least four suspects were arrested Friday morning for dynamite, gun, and drug possession in Itapoã, Espírito Santo. Suspects are assumed to be involved in drug trafficking and homicides. Upon arrest, police seized one kg of cocaine, marijuana, R$7,000 in cash, and other objects. In addition, the discovered […]

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Mato Grosso, Brazil: Suspected Detained for Killing Husband

Globo reported on May 16, 2013 that four suspects responsible for the murder of a 31-year old businessman last November were arrested yesterday. The victim was shot at least 4 times in his home in Sorriso, Mato Grosso. Among the four detained, include the wife and father-in-law of the victim. The wife claims she committed […]

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Pará, Brazil: 14-Year Old Boy Detained for Killing Teen Girlfriend

Globo reported on May 14, 2013, that a 14-year old boy was detained for stabbing to death his 13-year old girlfriend in New Repartimento, Pará. The murder was due to jealously and the victim was stabbed 15 times. The suspect denied the charge although police claim strong evidence directly leads to his involvement. Read Article

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Head of La Familia Michoacana drug trafficking organization caught in Mexico

Juan Carlos Muñoz Vargas (36), alias “El Pariente, was captured during a police raid in the city of Toluca, Mexico. He is believed to be a leader of the La Familia Michoacana drug trafficking organization, Antena 3 reports. He ordered at least 20 murders during his time in the cartel, according to officials. El Pariente […]

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Nicaraguan woman carrying drugs shot and killed in Costa Rica

A Nicaraguan woman in possession of drugs died after being shot three times in the head in  Lomas del Río, Pavas, Costa Rica. She was identified as Nora Estrella Zúñiga Piña (43), La Nacion reports. The shooter was identified only as a man on a motorcycle, who was riding with another male. The victim had […]

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Monterrey, Mexico: Assassins enter abandoned drug house, kill three

Assassins entered an abandoned house previously used for drug sales and killed three people, including two women, Narco Violencia reports. Residents in the north of Monterrey, where the murders occurred, identified the victims as “El Pete” (30), “El Miguelito” (15), and “El Cristo” (16). The triple assassination took place on Contrabajo Street in the San […]

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Ten dead after cartel shootout in Mexico; Familia Michoacana gang involved

Ten people are dead after a shootout between rival drug trafficking organizations in the state of Mexico. Five others involved in the conflict were injured. According to El Universo, one of the gangs involved was the Familia Michoacana. The rival gang was not reported. Several of the offenders in the shootout fled to the neighboring […]

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Central member of Los Rastrojos gang caught in Colombia; involved in 30 murders

The National Police in Colombia announced that Edison Antonio Pelaez (49), alias “Mincho,” was arrested on a farm in Montenegro, around 185 kilometers west of Bogota. Mincho is suspected of involvement in the Los Rastrojos gang, La Tercera reports. He is believed to have attempted to assume control of the drug-trafficking paramilitary organization. Officials consider […]

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Alleged drug dealer, one other, killed in Santiago, Dominican Republic

Police in Santiago, the Dominican Republic, announced that a well-known drug dealer and one other person were killed in Los Reyes. According to Listin Diario, the victims were Gilberto Antonio Estévez Abreu (36), alias “La Pava” and Denny Enríquez Rosario Tejada (38), alias “El Pájaro.” They died of multiple gunshot wounds. The shooter or shooters […]

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Cartel member arrested for brutally murdering elderly woman in Argentina

Two men were arrested accused of brutally murdering an elderly woman in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The victim, Delia Fernandez (83), had walked in on the suspects as they attempted to rob her house. Fernandez was found dead in her home with a smashed skull on May 21, 2012, prompting a search for the murderers. Officials […]

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Buenos Aires, Argentina: Femicide numbers increasing

Recent research investigations conducted by member of The Observatory on Femicide Civil Society, Marisel Adriana Zambrano, has discovered a large number of women and girls murdered in domestic violence situations in 2011. 282 women and girls died of victims in domestic violence situations in the hands of their boyfriends, spouses, or partners. According to Univision.com, […]

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Rio Petro, Brazil Woman Cunningly Attempts to Murder her Husband

According to informe21.com, on January 11, 2012 a woman attempted to kill her husband in a particularly unique manner. The woman residing in Rio Petro, Brazil attempted to poison and kill her intimate partner by putting poison in her vaginal area while seducing the man to perform oral sex thus ending his life. The husband […]

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Video: Colombia: Man Kills 28 Month Old Baby While Under the Influence of Drugs

According to El Espectador’s video, a man brutally murdered a 28 month old baby while under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs in Fusagasugá, Colombia. He was arrested and is currently in the custody of the authorities. Despite the efforts of San Rafael de Fusagasugá Hospital, the child died from the sustained injuries. Read Article

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Argentina: Body of missing pregnant woman found

The body of a 20-year-old pregnant woman who has been missing since Sunday was found last night in General Las Heras, Buenos Aires, reports telam.com.ar. The remains of Solange Vera were found by four men who were hunting in the area. According to forensic experts on site, the body appeared to have eight stab wounds […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Unidentified Body Found Along Side of Road

According to ElUniverso.com an unidentified body was found along the road la Costa at the 45-kilometer mark, today, Monday August 15th in the morning. Police say the body was shot many times and showed signs of torture with multiple bruises on the face and throughout the body. The body was transferred to the criminology lab […]

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Argentina, Man gets 14 years for killing stepdaughter’s girlfriend

Daniel Torres was found guilty today in Córdoba and sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering his stepdaughter’s girlfriend, reports infobae.com. He was charged and convicted of aggravated manslaughter with the use of a weapon after shooting Natalie Gaitán with a shotgun on March 6, 2010, for being in a lesbian relationship with his […]

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Trial begins for murder of French tourists in Argentina

The trial for those accused of killing two French tourists near Quebrada de San Lorenzo in Salta last week began this past Saturday, according to infobae.com. Three of the six detainees gave testimony on Saturday; María Fernanda Cañizares (24), her brother Federico Cañizares (23) and her boyfriend, Gustavo Lassi (24). The trial will continue tomorrow […]

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Peruvian Police Capture Killers of Businesswoman

According to Peru21.pe Peruvian police have captured two people implicated in the assassination of the businesswoman, Rosario Pilar Villegas Delgado. On the night of Tuesday July 26th Delgado was returning to her house in Pueblo Libre with her husband when four people opened fire on them, killing Delagdo with about six shots, say officials. Police […]

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Mexico: Authorities Break Up Another Kidnapping Gang in Tabasco

Members of the 17th Infantry Battalion in Tabasco captured five members of the gang known as “Los Sastré,” Milenio reports. The gang is responsible for several kidnappings and murders throughout the state. The operation began July 12, when a search warrant was issued for the gang members following the kidnapping of a person from the […]

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Areas of Homicide Concentration in Bogotá, Colombia

•30% of homicides are concentrated in 6 areas in Bogotá, Colombia according to the Administración Distrital per radiosantafe.com. •The 6 zones are Lucero en Ciudad Bolívar, Bosa Occidental, Ismael Perdomo, Patio Bonito, el Rincón y la Sabana. •Revenge is the cause for 51% of murders. •Street fights cause 21% and resisting theft causes 11%. •In […]

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Mexico: Number of Drug-Related Killings of Prostitutes Triples

The rate of murders, rapes and disappearances of female prostitutes in the context of the war against organized crime has increased at an alarming rate over the past few years, Vanguardia reports. Previously, the homicide rate of prostitutes was about 6 per year per state, about 190 to 250 in the entire country. However, in […]

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Colombia, Rastrojos Leader Possibly Murdered by Own Guards

•The Colombian authorities are performing investigations to determine if Rastrojos leader, alias Sebastián, had been murdered by his own guards. •El Colombiano reports that his own guards called to report that they had murdered him early this morning. •The Police and Army have sent officers to investigate and identify the body found in Cáceres, Bajo […]

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English Tourist Murdered During Robbery on Margarita Island, Venezuela

An English tourist, Thomas Ossel, has been murdered after resisting a robbery on Margarita Island, Venezuela. He and his brother Jack Ossel were planning to return to Britain according to El Nacional. Jack Ossel suffered from gunshot wounds. Read Article

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Manta, Ecuador: Ecuadorian Sentenced to 20 Years for Murder of Foreigner

According to ElUniverso.com, Emilio Bowen was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of the United States citizen, Max Chamberly Madnick in Manta on November 3, 2009. Bowen’s defense attorney, Luigi Garcia confirmed the ruling, while saying it is impossible that Bowen killed Chamberly. Garcia says that Chamberly, an exchange student, whose family […]

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Lima, Peru: Four Arrested in Connection with Death of Policeman

According to Peru21.pe the Homicide Investigation Division (Divinhom) in Lima have arrested and charged four people, including a police officer, Jonathan Vargas Cristobal, for the death of Alejandro Morales Chuecas, who was killed during an assault on Sandoval pharmacy in the center of Lima. Officials say the robbery occurred on July 2nd, in which Morales’s […]

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Ecuadorian Sentenced to Death in United States for Murders

According to ElComercio.com Quito native, Ecuador Nelson Ivan Serrano was sentenced to death for the murders of four people in Florida December 1997. His nephew, Alfredo Luna says if Serrano’s defense team does not present an appeal by the next 12th of September, Serrano will be listed for execution in Florida. The article says that […]

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Prison fight in Asunción, Paraguay results in death

A fight that occurred earlier this morning in the infamous Tacumbú prison in Asunción, Paraguay resulted in the death of an inmate, according to abc.com.py. Police are investigating the situation, but have still not identified who participated in the fight and who actually killed the other inmate. Read Article

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FARC Guerilla Sentenced to 43 Years for Massacre of Indigenous People

•FARC guerilla alias Marcolino was sentenced to 43 years of prison for the massacre of at least 4 indigenous people in 2009. •El-nacional.com reports that Omar Rolando Herrera led members of FARC to murder four individuals that have been fully identified in the Tortugaña-Telembí reservation in Nariño, Colombia bordered by Ecuador. •FARC admitted to the […]

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Argentina, Guatemala, Two arrests in Cabral murder case

Two men accused of being involved in the assassination of Argentine singer Facundo Cabral were arrested today in Guatemala, according to lavoz.com.ar. One of the men arrested is believed to have hired the gunman who shot Cabral and the other man was one of two drivers of the vehicles used during the shooting. Officials have […]

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Three Colombians Dead in San Cristóbal, Venezuela

•Three Colombian nationals have been found dead in the Venezuelan city San Cristóbal. •RCN Radio reports that one of the victims has been identified as Patricia Duarte, but the other two victims’ identities are still unknown. •Colombian authorities do not have any information about the murders. Read Article

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Second Lieutenant Denies Guilt for Rape of Young Girl and Murder of Three Siblings Arauca, Colombia

•Second Lieutenant Raúl Muñoz Linares denies having raped a 13-year-old girl and having murdered three siblings in Tame, Arauca, Colombia. •Semana.com reveals that the case has been postponed 5 times. •In November of 2010, he did confess to having sexual relations with two girls, which according to Muñoz was consensual, and is currently being processed […]

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Authorities Capture 2 Suspects of theMurder of 2 Girls, Bogotá, Colombia

•Colombian authorities have captured 2 individuals suspected of having murdered two girls in Kennedy, Bogotá, Colombia. •One of the suspects is a minor, and the two girls were 14 and 7 years old. •They are to face charges of aggravated homicide and illegal possession of arms. •The captain of the metropolitan police believes that the […]

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17 Violent Deaths in Sinaloa, Mexico in the Last 24 Hours

A total of 17 violent deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, the state’s Attorney General has said. According to UPI, among the dead are three brothers in the town of Guamúchil and a man who was found in an illegal grave in Ahome. Most were victims […]

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Mexico: Two Bodyguards of Nuevo Leon’s Governor Murdered

Two bodyguards, part of the security team for the governor of Nuevo León, Rodrigo Medina, were murdered in the town of Guadalupe, Radio Formula reports. The governor is known for his stance against organized crime and threats against him were found on the bodies of the guards. The governor issued a statement via Twitter that […]

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Argentina, daughter of Dirty War officer shot

The 9-year-old daughter of retired Navy officer, Victor “Lindoro” Olivera, was shot last night and is in critical condition today after undergoing surgery, according to lavoz.com.ar. The girl was in her family’s home in Partido de Pilar, Buenos Aires at around 10 p.m. when the shootings occurred. Olivera was charged last year for torturing and […]

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Argentina, Paraguayan man killed outside dance club

A Paraguayan man was killed early this morning outside a local dance club in Melchor Romero, La Plata, Buenos Aires, according to elcomercial.com.ar. The 30-year-old man had many head injuries caused by a blunt object, but no bullet or stab wounds. The club is located in a largely Paraguayan community. Family and witnesses will testify […]

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Colombia, Psychologists Comment on Minors’ Criminal Acts

•Recently in Colombia, a law was passed which included a new restriction that minors who committed crimes would be released on reaching 21 years of age. •Criminals would contract minors to commit crimes such as murders because they would be release after turning 21. Thus, one of the effects of the previous penalties was that […]

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Explosion in Bogotá, Colombia

The explosion at 11:22 p.m. last night in a small square in northern Bogotá affected 12 houses and as well as a bust of Laureano Gómez, but resulted in no injuries.The report by inernacional.eluniversal.com states that authorities have found several explosives in the past few days which were meant to destroy the bust of the […]

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Ecuador, Double Murder Tied to Pintag Death

ElComercio.com reports that the killing of a policeman, Darwin Anrango in the morning of March 19th in Pintag, east of Quito has been connected to the murder of two young Colombians this past Saturday in northern Quito. Anrango was found in a dump in a courtyard of a vehicle business. Police discovered that it was […]

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Judge Murdered in Barranquilla, Colombia

•The Vice-president of Colombia, Angelino Garzón, calls the murder of Margarita de las Salas Bacca, head of the 6th labor court of Barranquilla an attempt on justice and the Colombian legal branch as reported by es.noticias.yahoo.com. •The judge was killed last night after the assailant demanded her to hand over her belongings, and her brother […]

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Colombia, Head of the Communist Party Killed in Area with High Military Concentration

•Laradiodelsur.com reports that Carlos Lozano, the director of the magazine Voz de Colombia, stresses that four other deaths are being investigated in the place where Argimiro Hernández was killed in the Tolima department. •Lozana describes that Alfonso Cano, leader of FARC, performs operations in the site at the entrance of the Cañon de las Hermosas […]

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