At least seven people died and two were injured Friday night in Mexico during a shooting in the small municipality of Tierra Blanca, in the western state of Veracruz. The crime occurred in the “YemanYA” event room while celebrating a party that had been organized by the local media outlet “El Sol de Tierra Blanca”.
Among the victims is Francisco Navarrete Serna, director of “El Sol de Tierra Blanca” and who was known to be allegedly the regional leader of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG), according to Veracruz media. The CJNG is one of the most important powerful cartels in Mexico and is chaired by Nemesio Osguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho”.
The shooting occurred around midnight, when a commando entered the party room while a band was playing live. In a video uploaded to social networks, where the concert was broadcast live, Navarrete Serna can be seen singing with the band when, after hearing a detonation, he pulls an object from his belt – apparently a pistol – and runs off the stage. The video is cut at that moment.
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According to the first reports, the armed group shot indiscriminately at those present. In addition to the director of “El Sol de Tierra Blanca”, other victims were two of the musicians and a sound technician. Navarrete Serna was also known in the area for having participated in 2016 in the disappearance and murder of five young people. That same year, he was arrested and convicted of that crime, in which the prosecution accused him of being a member of the CJNG.
Veracruz is one of the most dangerous states in Mexico. This region accumulates a total of 678 intentional homicides between January and April this year, a figure that represents 7% of the 9,751 that have occurred in the 32 states that make up the country during the same period. .