Jan 10 - Police find 15 dead bodies on Monday, it what appears have been a gang-related massacre in the western Mexican state of Michoacan. Travis Brecher reports.
A grisly discovery in Mexico. Police found 15 bodies piled on top of each other outside a convenience store in the western state of Michoacan on Monday. The corpses, at least 13 of which were semi-naked, had been shot in what appeared to be a gang-related massacre. Local emergency services said the victims, at least three of whom were minors, showed signs of decomposition, suggesting they had been killed days earlier and then dumped outside the store. Michoacan, which is President Felipe Calderon's home state, has been relatively calm since police killed the leader of the La Familia cartel in December 2010. The state had been plagued with violence as rival gangs fought over lucrative methamphetamine trafficking routes and vast marijuana fields. More than 46,000 people have died in drug-related violence since Calderon launched an army-led crackdown on cartels after taking office five years ago. Travis Brecher, Reuters