MEXICO CITY (AP) — The bodies of eight slain men were found in southern Michoacan state Friday — the same day President Andrés Manuel López Obrador visited the state to celebrate the opening of another National Guard installation there.
Authorities said the shooting deaths happened in Huetamo, roughly 250 miles southeast of Jiquilpan, where the president celebrated the guard’s new deployment on Valentine’s Day.
The men had all been shot by high-powered weapons, officials said. No further details were released by investigators.
Mexico is experiencing record-levels of homicides since López Obrador took office Dec. 1, 2018, after campaigning on a “hugs not bullets” platform that rejected prior government efforts to stem violence.
Michoacan is one of the deadliest Mexican states. Last week, gunmen killed three boys, a teenager and five others who were playing video games at an arcade in Uruapan, another dangerous city in the state where drug organizations are battling for territory.