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Murder rate increases sharply in El Salvador

Relatives retrieve the body of Alberto Hernández near Caserío el Chumpe, El Salvador. Police believe that the 42-year-old driver was killed by gang members.

 (Manu Brabo / Associated Press)

Suspected gang members are detained at a police station in Ilopango, El Salvador, in August. It was reportedly the deadliest month in the civil-war-scarred country’s history.

 (Salvador Melendez / Associated Press)

Relatives wait for information outside the prison in Quezaltepeque, El Salvador, in August after several inmates were killed in violence involving the 18th Street gang.

 (Salvador Melendez / Associated Press)

Investigators inspect the scene after four suspected members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang were killed in October in Cojutepeque, El Salvador, reportedly by someone disguised as a policeman.

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A victim’s relative weeps at the scene in Cojutepeque where four suspected MS-13 members were killed in October by an unknown assailant dressed as a policeman.

 (Marvin Recinos / AFP/Getty Images)

Police search for members of the 18th Street gang around Ayutuxtepeque, El Salvador, in October.

 (Marvin Recinos / AFP/Getty Images)

Suspected 18th Street gang members were captured in Ayutuxtepeque after a shootout with police that left three young people dead.

 (Marvin Recinos / AFP/Getty Images)

Activists and gang members participate in an ecumenical gathering for peace held in October in San Salvador.

 (Marvin Recinos / AFP/Getty Images)
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