A Day without Murder

A Day without Murder

Juárez : Mexico | Oct 31, 2009 at 1:59 PM PDT
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Two Cities, One Cause

Some noteworthy news as we approach the Day of the Dead commemoration (November 2):

According to a Juarez, Mexico newspaper report, October 29, 2009 was the first day in the year 2009 to register ZERO homicides. The last previous day on which the city of Juarez recorded no murders was December 28, 2008. El Diario reports that the number of Juaraz women murdered so far in 2009 is 113.

The Violence Escalates

August (316) and September (310) have been the deadliest months so far this year; March (76) and April (90) were the least violent. El Diario has reported that the daily average number of killings for the year is 6.8. For October, the average still stands at 9.9, despite Thursday's respite.

Earlier this month (10/13/09), the El Paso Times reported this year's murder total in Juarez is 1,900.

The total in 2009 already surpasses the total for the entire year 2008 which stood at 1,600.

In comparison, El Paso registered just 10 homicides on the same date. Juarez is at least twice as large as El Paso, its U.S. border sister-city; nevertheless, the contrast is stark.

It is actually difficult to determine an accurate count of the fatalities, due in part to the accelerated rate at which the killings occur.

Drug War's Mounting Toll

CTV reported last month that there have been more than 4,000 homicides in Mexico in this year alone, marking the worst drug-related violence in the country's history. Juarez, Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous cities on earth.

Perhaps at the onset of this article one day without a murder didn't strike you as significant? In the borderland, we'll take our good news where we can get it.

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