Drug war in Juarez
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A look back at the drug war in Juarez

Drug war in Juarez

At the city cemetery called San Rafael, bodies of unidentified or unclaimed victims are buried separately in a communal grave. 

 (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Drug war in Juarez
Drug war in Juarez

Heavily armed Mexican army troops patrol Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in an open pickup truck. Soldiers speed through the city in teams of two trucks assisting local law enforcement with emergencies as varied as traffic accidents and drug cartel assassinations.

 (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Drug war in Juarez

A coroner’s worker in Ciudad Juarez removes the body of a 12-year-old girl from a vehicle in which she and her father were killed in a hail of bullets.

 (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Drug war in Juarez
Investigators inspect the body of one of two men killed in Tierra Nueva, a graffiti-stained neighborhood of dirt streets and concrete shacks in south Ciudad Juarez. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Drug war in Juarez
The wife of one of the two Tierra Nueva victims is consoled by neighbors at the crime scene. The other victim was involved in “illegal things,” a neighborhood resident said. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Drug war in Juarez
Schoolboys, in foreground, look at the body of a shooting victim in a playground in Satelite, a working-class section of east Ciudad Juarez. The area is notorious for drug dealing. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Drug war in Juarez

Coroners workers Raymundo Grado, left, and Enrique Lopez remove the bodies of shooting victims from the Tierra Nueva neighborhood.

 (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Drug war in Juarez
The city morgue has three walk-in refrigerators packed with bodies. Heads are kept in cardboard or foam boxes. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Drug war in Juarez
Soldiers console the brother of a shooting victim in Ciudad Juarez in 2009. Many Mexicans don’t trust authorities enough to report crime or suspicious activity. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
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