Family Tragedy in Chiapas: Six, Including Children, Killed by Gunmen 

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In Chiapas, a southern Mexican state bordering Guatemala, a tragic event unfolded as six family members, three of them children, were fatally shot by gunmen in Pantelho. The town’s mayor, Julio Pérez, described the incident as “a massacre,” amidst ongoing conflicts between militia groups linked to drug cartels vying for control. 

The state prosecutor’s office reported the arrest of three suspects following the incident, though identities remain undisclosed. 

This incident is part of a disturbing trend in Mexico where hitmen have targeted entire families. A similar case occurred in Guanajuato, where four women and two children were murdered after gunmen failed to find a male family member. 

The Guanajuato case has garnered attention due to footage implicating National Guard officers arriving at the scene prior to the murders. President López Obrador confirmed the detention of five officers for military discipline breaches. 

Chiapas has seen escalating violence leading up to the June 2 presidential elections, with multiple attacks on political figures and civilians. The region’s instability is exacerbated by clashes between the Jalisco New Generation and Sinaloa cartels. 

The recent election of Claudia Sheinbaum as president has been overshadowed by violence against female politicians, with two murders since her victory. 

Source: CBS News