September 21, 2011

The bodies of 35 people with suspected links to organized crime were dumped under a highway bridge in eastern Mexico on Tuesday, in a major escalation of violence in the once-quiet port city of Veracruz.

The bodies were discovered near a shopping center in Boca del Rio, along Mexico’s Gulf coast, state prosecutor Reynaldo Escobar told the Milenio television station, horrifying passers-by who forwarded pictures of the scene over social media websites. Some show stopped drivers leaning out of their cars.

“These were people involved in organized crime,” Escobar said of the victims. All seven identified hours after the discovery had criminal records, he added. Local media reported some of the bodies, of both men and women, were found with their hands bound and showing signs of torture.

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