May 20, 2011, 4:43 AM
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This story illustrates the problems that exist on the west side of Nuevo Laredo and which cause local residents to avoid the Piedras highway. This is the third or fourth incident of this type that has occurred in the past seven or eight months in the area. Individual incidents happen regularly although they capture media interest and are reported by word of mouth.
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One death, one arrest in gunfire Thursday in NL
Laredo Morning Times
Published: Friday, May 20, 2011 2:33 AM CDT
NUEVO LAREDO — A Thursday that started with one person shot dead in the early hours on the city’s west side continued through noon with gunbattles, injured military personnel, carjacking and blockades. A federal spokesman, who asked to remain anonymous, said two soldiers were being treated after having been shot. For this reason, military personnel were stationed around the hospital for security.
The “situation of risk,” as the municipal government called it on its Twitter and Facebook accounts, caused gunbattles between Mexican Army personnel and armed civilians. The federal spokesman confirmed pursuits and crossfire occurring along the Carretera Anahuac national highway and the neighborhoods of Villas de San Miguel, La Fe and Carretera Aeropuerto, among others.
According to witnesses, armed civilians inside two vehicles directed a group of about 25 teenagers to stop motorists traveling on Carretera Anahuac, on the stretch that runs from Calle Roma to Constitucion. Witnesses reported observing an ambulance and trucks loaded with soldiers traveling along Calle Maclovio Herrera toward the General Hospital. International commerce also was affected by the blockades. “Traffic was paralyzed for more than an hour,” said a truck driver who asked not to be identified. Because of the presence of violence around noon, schools near the west side of the city decided not to allow morning students to be released. The federal spokesman said he was not sure if anyone had been killed, though he did confirm the arrest of one of the armed civilians allegedly involved.
Authorities did confirm that the body of a man was found shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday on the base of the Cristobal Colon monument, located on the corner of Paseo Colon and Leandro Valle. According to the federal spokesman, it was the body of a soldier who had been beaten and shot in the head. The supposed killers left a message beside the soldier that translates to: “The families should be respected; they’re not responsible for the situation. He who owes should pay. The innocent should be respected. If you keep on messing with the families, we’ll also mess with you. From the top to the bottom, regardless of the level of authority.”
The victim’s body had not been identified as of late Thursday and was transferred to a local funeral home pending an autopsy, required by law.
(This post was edited by Altahabana on May 20, 2011, 4:47 AM)