Mexico's rising violence and a showdown between cartels are driving a grisly trend in the country's 2nd-biggest city
- Homicide and other violent crime is on the rise in Mexico.
- In recent years, the violence has both increased and spread, affecting areas of the country that were long spared.
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Deadly violence has steadily risen in Mexico since the country launched an offensive against drug cartels and organized crime more than a decade ago.
The 33,753 homicide victims reported by Mexico's public-security secretariat in 2018 set a record for the second year in a row. The 17,142 victims in the first half of this year likely mean 2019 will set a new mark. The homicide rate has risen every year since 2015, hitting 23.34 homicides per 100,000 people in 2018.
Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city and the capital of Jalisco state in the country's southwest, has experienced this change. In an email interview, Guadalajara-based journalist Stephen Woodman explained what this grisly trend looks like, who's behind it, and how it has affected residents there.