With Nearly 1,600 Victims, Sonora Sets Grisly New Annual Murder Record

Published: Monday, January 25, 2021 - 5:05am

In what has become a grisly annual tradition, a new murder record has been set in neighboring Sonora.

Sonora blew past 2019’s horrific 1,356 murder victims — the previous record — before November was even over. It ended 2020 with a toll of nearly 1,600 victims, a roughly 17% jump over the previous record. Roughly two-thirds were killed with firearms.

Mexico as a whole saw a slight decline in murder victims, according to the most recent federal data.

Perhaps hardest hit in the state was northwestern Caborca. The municipality of about 90,000 people saw 127 murder cases last year, more than the previous five years combined.

Violence hotspots Cajeme, home to Sonora’s second-largest city Ciudad Obregon, and Guaymas, which includes the popular beach town San Carlos, also saw significant rises. So too did the border city of Nogales, where cases rose by more than 40% to 112. The capital Hermosillo saw a modest drop.

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