Victim’s body found
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Murder rate increases sharply in El Salvador

Victim’s body found

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)
In police custody

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)
Awaiting word

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)
Multiple homicide

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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Comforted in grief

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.

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Searching for gang members

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

 (Marvin Recinos / AFP/Getty Images)
Shootout suspects captured

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)
Promoting peace

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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