Puerto Rico Murder Count Reaches 1,130

The seven people murdered in Puerto Rico on Thursday raised to 1,130 the tally of violent deaths on the island two days before the close of the year, a figure that has broken crime records, Fox Latino News reports.

The death toll for 2011 indicates that Puerto Rico during the course of the year has experienced almost three violent deaths per day.

The latest victims of this ongoing spiral of violence were three men between the ages of 21 and 30 who were shot to death early Thursday morning in a San Juan public housing project.

In the eastern coastal town of Fajardo, a man was riddled with bullets and the woman with him, who was gravely wounded, died en route to the hospital, and in Villalba, in the central part of the island, police found the bodies of two men who apparently had been strangled.

The island’s assistant police director, Leovigildo Vázquez, announced that the murders of the three men in the capital were linked to drug trafficking, which is the cause of about 50 percent of all violent deaths in the U.S. commonwealth.

The magnitude of the problem – starting in October – has led to defendants in violent crimes committed with firearms being tried in U.S. federal court.

Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner in Washington, Pedro Pierluisi, at the beginning of December met with U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske to ask for an increase in police pressure on drug trafficking on the island.

For the original report go to http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/12/30/puerto-rico-murder-count-reaches-1130/#ixzz1i52cbaUU

One thought on “Puerto Rico Murder Count Reaches 1,130

  1. The issue of criminality in Puerto Rico has been a serious one since way back the 1970’s. The statistical manipulation of the data by the colonialist party or PNP have been used to reject federal funds to battle that problem. The presence of the drug criminal cartels of Latin America and the USA in Puerto Rico is well documented in the criminal archives both at the local and federal levels. At the present time the same PNP that is still in power in PR is still trying to influence the local and international media in order to hush the reality of the monstruos criminality rates in the island. Their purpose is to avoid the negative publicity, especially press coverage, given to PUERTO RICO given the proposed POLITICAL REFERENDUM that have just been passed a couple of days ago in the Puerto Rican Legislature by the PNP in their PURSUE OF AN INSANE AND DELUSIONAL AGENDA OF MAKING THE PUERTO RICAN NATION INTO A STATE OF THE UNITED STATE! INFORTUNIO, THIS NATION DO NOT WANT US IN THEIR NATIONAL POLITICAL RECORD. IT IS ENOUGH THAT WE ARE IN THEIR WELFARE RECORDS AS A HANDOUT TERRITORY! GOD BLESS YOU CHILD!

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