In what is being dubbed as the first massacre of 2011, Mexico awoke Saturday to a grim, yet increasingly familiar scene: 22 people had been executed in Acapulco Guerrero.
Authorities were alerted to the scene after receiving several calls to the emergency 066 hotline.
After receiving several calls on the 066 emergency hotline, authorities arrived at the scene to find 18 men had been executed and dumped on the sidewalk of the Plaza Sendero shopping center parking lot.
Along with the bodies, various narcomensajes were left.
Fifteen of the bodies, which investigators state to be men between the ages of 25 and 30, were beheaded. Most of the bodies were found with traces of sand.
In separate handwritten messages, the following can be read:
This will happen to those who attempt to enter the plaza: Signed: El Chapo Guzman
Attention all citizens, narco cuotas will no longer be charged. Sincerely, El Chapo Guzman
Six abandoned vehicles, one which was on fire, were also found at the scene.
Later, authorities received another phone call which led them to the body of a man that had been executed and left inside a vehicle in Vicente Guerrero.
Lastly, three bodies where found near an abandoned taxi near the lookout point.