Image Of Brutal Cartel Hit Sparks Viral Outrage

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A grisly image of a cartel hit on an innocent family went viral over the weekend, prompting outrage over the exploding violence in the region of Pinotepa Nacional, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Mexican cartels have been responsible for a number of deaths throughout the past years — between 2007 and 2014, more than 160,000 civilians were killed in correlation to cartel violence.

The image, which appeared first on the Hispanic News Network Saturday, shows the dead bodies of a mother, father and dead infant.


This tweet reads: In what moment does someone become a monster that would kill a baby?

The victims are Juan Alberto Pano Ramos, 24, Alba Isabel Colon, 17, and 7-month old Marco Miguel Pano Colon, according to Oaxaca state homicide investigators. The family was shot Friday night around 8:40 p.m. outside of a store. The family was shot with a .38 caliber firearm, according to the Oaxaca State Criminal Investigation Agency. The murder is still under investigation.

The picture went viral on social media following the original posting by Hispanic News Network. People are expressing their anger over the violence in Oaxaca, with #PinotepaNacional trending on social media.

People have compared the image of 7-month-old Colon to Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian refugee that drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to get to Greece.

The tweet reads: And the outrage for Pinotepa National? It seems like we Mexicans are more compassionate for others than for our own.

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