May 8th, 2010
05:57 PM ET

Five headless bodies found near Acapulco

Police in Mexico's Guerrero state are investigating the killings of five men found decapitated near the resort town of Acapulco, authorities said Saturday.
The men were between 20 and 30 years old and were found in a car in the region of Costa Grande in the subdivision of Tamarindo, less than 3 miles from Acapulco, Guerrero state police officer Jorge Tellez told CNN.

All five showed signs of torture and their bodies were riddled with bullets, police said.

Three of the men were killed Friday, investigators said. They did not know when the other two died.

All were Mexicans, according to Guerrero state public security and civil protection spokesman Arturo Cuellas.

Three of the victims were identified as Jonathan Gomez Tellez, Jose Pastor Valencia and Osiris Villanueva Vargas. Police are working to determine the identities of the two others.

Guerrero state police said they did not know the motive of the killings.

Guerrero is in southern Mexico and is contentious territory for drug cartels. The state is near a major drug trafficking artery for such drugs as cocaine, which flow through Central America from Peru and Colombia.

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  1. bailoutsos

    Why don't they just set their weapons to STUN?

    May 8, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. melissa

    Pedro And Saradode – I appreciate the kind words. But what did I say that we don't all believe, despite our political leanings or religious beliefs.

    We as people, be it American, Canadian, Mexican (and others of course) are essentially the same. Ww do not want to see our compatriates die unnecessarily, and in terrible ways. It doesn't matter that I lean more one way then the other..

    My cousin, a teacher and athlete, died from cocaine when I was 21 years old. I do not hold anyone responsible for his death but him. I do not want someone who is a cooker or smuggler to be nailed to the ground, shocked with electric wires and then decapitated while alive, or God forbid, conscious!

    I am not someone who believes in God. I'm definitely more tree hugger liberal then religous right winger... That being said, I do not look at the death of a devout person and say "Good, one less bible thumper" I mourn for their loss and what might have been. Imagine, if Benjamin Franklin had been killed at 16... what would we have missed out on? I pride myself on my compassion and my intelligence. I'm able to form my own opinions and do not demand others think as I do.

    Maybe it's a "To Each Their Own" thing...

    May 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. molly

    Let's just hope the zombie outbreak doesn't spread to the US. I'm sure it's just a matter of time though.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AMERICAN X

    The drug war is a failed policy that waste 60 billion dollars every year and has no positive impact on the flow of drugs into this country. There are more drugs available today than there were 30 yrs ago when the "drug war" started. Its not a war on drugs – its a war against people. America has 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Many of them locked up for small minor non violent drug infractions. And we are supposed to be a " Free" country. BTW – these people locked up – they don't work – they don't have jobs – they don't pay taxes – they are simply now awards of the state to be used for cheap labor and cost the American tax payer up to $80,000 per year to house and feed. They are now non productive – non tax paying members of society that become a drain on our resources. Did you that many of the prisons in America are private / public companies that trade their stock on Wall Street. Did you know that these corporations make more money the more prisoners that they house?

    May 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pedro Paramo

    "The rich Mexicans sell their country to the North while at the same time playing a demagogic game " This is absolutely true. Stay tuned for Mexico's next presidential elections. If the election is stolen again by the rich, the current violence might seem in comparison like blistful days.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DeltaNine

    Just legalize it and the killing will stop.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. akje

    Build the fence separating Mexico and the US, use UAVs to monitor, execute those trying to cross illegally, and oh hell, kill the Islams too.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AMERICAN X

    If we spent half as much on Education and treatment as we do fighting some worthless Drug War – we would be far better off and further ahead with these issues.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AMERICAN X

    Did you know that the CA Prison Guard Union is the Largest Union in CA? What are we doing to this Country? Locking up our friends – neighbors – sons – daughters etc.. for minor non violent drug infractions and giving these people felonies so they can't vote and can't contribute to society. drug addiction is a disease listed by the American Medical Association – it is life threatening – and what do we do – we lock up these people for having a disease. Its like locking up someone for having diabetes because they need insulin. These people have emotional -physical and psychological problems – they need treatment – education and help. Not incarceration. Its Called Harm Reduction Model

    May 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. EM

    Just one more reason NOT to go to Mexico!!!!

    May 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LEAP

    LEAP's goals are:
    1.To educate the public, the media, and policy makers, to the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug abuse and the crimes related to drug prohibition and
    2.To restore the public's respect for law enforcement, which has been greatly diminished by its involvement in imposing drug prohibition.
    LEAP's main strategy for accomplishing these goals is to create a constantly enlarging speakers bureau staffed with knowledgeable and articulate former drug-warriors who describe the impact of current drug policies on: police/community relations; the safety of law enforcement officers and suspects; police corruption and misconduct; and the financial and human costs associated with current drug policies.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LEAP

    Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is made up of current and former members of law enforcement who believe the existing drug policies have failed in their intended goals of addressing the problems of crime, drug abuse, addiction, juvenile drug use, stopping the flow of illegal drugs into this country and the internal sale and use of illegal drugs. By fighting a war on drugs the government has increased the problems of society and made them far worse. A system of regulation rather than prohibition is a less harmful, more ethical and a more effective public policy.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NES301

    sshhhh...you might upset advocates of illegal immigration. They'll be disappointed that the media reveals such atrocities by people we should otherwise embrace into the U.S.

    May 8, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bbb

    You know what I call that? A START!

    May 8, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. xenoc

    For all of you who think this is just a problem in Mexico, there were >16,000 murders in the US last year and plenty of other violent crime right here as well:

    http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm

    May 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
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