The border city that is beleaguered by homicide reached a new, grizzly milestone this month, sustaining over 3,000 murders this year, according to an official announcement yesterday. Thus, a total of 7,386 people have been killed in this one city--just across the U.S-Mexico border from the sister city of El Paso, Texas--over the past three years.
But, with such extensive violence, an exact body count becomes difficult to ascertain. Molly Molloy, a New Mexico State University librarian, has made it a personal mission to archive a record during this period of violence. She tallies deaths on an ongoing basis, often struggling to find consistent, reliable reporting of the murders and assassinations of any given day. Her estimates of the monthly Juarez murder statistics, broken down by gender, are reprinted at the foot of this post.
Molloy notes some inconsistencies in mainstream press coverage of today's milestone number. The Associated Press and CNN are both reporting the 3,000 milestone in Ciudad Juarez murders. However, the Juarez newspaper, El Diario, reports different, smaller numbers, and the Mexican Milenio reports over 3,100.
Inconsistencies in the numbers reported today perhaps stem from yesterday's initial press release from the Attorney General's office in Chihuahua. It reported numbers of male and female victims. The statement was ambiguous as to whether the women were listed as a subset of the total, or if the women and men tallied together comprised the grand total.
Since the Calderon administration came into office in Mexico, murders across the nation total over 28,000. Juraez has sustained the brunt of the violence as cartels battle here for control of a major corridor to the United States for the trafficking of illegal drugs.
MONTH: [Men, Women, TOTAL]
January: [127,16, 143]
February: [147, 9, 156]
March: [240, 28, 268]
April: [205, 15, 220]
May: [262, 17, 279]
June: [313, 29, 342]
July: [291, 25, 316]
August: [339, 41, 380]
September: [238, 44, 282]
October: [352, 48, 400]
November: [190, 16, 206]
SUBTOTALS (as of November 2010): 2,704, 288, 2,992
December, as of December 14: (estimated) 104
GRAND TOTAL 2010: 3,096 [source: Frontera List, Molly Molloy]