CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Four people, including an infant, were killed in two separate incidents in the violence-wracked northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, authorities said.
A couple and their months-old baby were killed Friday outside their home in Guachohi, a town some 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Chihuahua city, the state capital, according to the state Attorney General’s Office, which said a group of armed men fired at them from a vehicle.
Leonel Morales Armendariz, 56, was killed at the scene, while the young boy and his mother, Antonia Torres Martel, 31, died from their wounds at a regional hospital, the state AG’s office said.
Authorities found nearly a dozen 9 mm shell casings outside the home.
Separately, Marcos Muñoz Rodriguez, warden at the San Guillermo low-security correctional facility, was shot and killed Friday in Chihuahua city, the spokesman for the state AG’s office, Carlos Gonzalez, said.
Muñoz’s car overturned on a busy avenue as he was trying to escape his attackers, who killed him with gunshots at point-blank range.
The prison official had been named to his post just three months ago, Gonzalez said.
Chihuahua was the Mexican state hardest hit by cartel violence last year, accounting for around 30 percent of all organized crime-related killings nationwide.
That northern state registered 3,185 murders, while the northwestern state of Sinaloa had 2,028 murders and the southern state of Guerrero registered 984.
Chihuahua is home to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital, where press tallies put the total murders in 2010 at more than 3,100, or about one-quarter of the total for the country.
Ciudad Juarez, a border city where the Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels have been battling for control of smuggling routes into the United States, has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.
A total of 11,583 people were murdered in Mexico last year, making 2010 the worst year since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s drug cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006, the Mexico City daily Reforma reported earlier this month.