Narco Killings

This site is an historical mapping record of the number of narco related killings or "ejecuciones" in Mexico over a 12 month period (from May 2010 to May 2011). International media coverage has faded significantly in the last few years even though the rate of executions in Mexico has remained unacceptably high, with a current average of 50 a day.

Readers, through analyzing these maps, will obtain an idea of what Mexico is going through, the people affected and the failed policies of its governments, policies that are unchanged to this day. The recent arrest of Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera or "El Chapo" will only see an increase in violence as lower level confederates jockey for position to fill the void that his arrest creates and other cartels, such as Los Zetas, attempt to wrest away markets ("plazas") as El Chapo´s cartel is weakened with his arrest.

From May 15, 2010 to December 2010 the narco related killings were extensively mapped here. Data was used from "El Universal", one of Mexico's national newspapers (as well as "El Diario" for the killings in Juarez). At first the reportage from El Universal was comprehensive, however, El Universal's reporting was becoming less and less exact with only vague references such that mapping events from El Universal is now inconsistent (and I cannot blame the reporters). Thus, other sources (such as "La Policiaca", "El Blog del Narco" or "Mundo Narco") were also used. I believe that mapping the killings is a useful visual tool for what is occurring in Mexico (in fact Diego Valle uses this data in his blog here). An analysis of what is happening in Mexico can be found here
he respective links below are the maps from May 2010 to June 2011.

The RED balloons are civilians. The RED balloons with a dot are high profile killings. The WHITE human outlines are those who are clearly innocent (eg children). LIGHT BLUE pushpins are journalists, and the PURPLE pushpins for politicians. The BLUE balloons are police officers and soldiers (and other law enforcement). The BLUE balloons with a dot are high ranking officers. The YELLOW suns represent car bombs while the 2 GREEN people represent mass graves. [2012] 
May 18 
to May 30 (map below)
 April 21 April 27 
April 14 to April 21 
 April 8 to April 15

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Narco Deaths

Narco War Deaths TotalMexico Executions Avg/day (2012)Mexico Executions Avg/day (2011)Mexico Executions Avg/day (2010)Mexico Executions Avg/day (2009)Mexico Executions Avg/day (2008)Mexico Executions Avg/day (2007)Mexico Executions Avg/day (2006)
84000 42 45 43 32 23 14 0.17 
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