Figures to die for … (of pity)

With 428 murders 2017 becomes the worst in the history of San Luis Potosí

By Roberto Rocha

Although there is still a month to go until the end of the year, 2017 has already become the year with the most malicious homicides in the recent history of San Luis Potosí.

Last Monday, the Attorney General’s Office of the State (PGJE) confirmed that during the month of November there were in the state 37 intentional homicides, which are added to the 391 that had occurred in the entity between January and October, to give a total of 428 murders between January and November of 2017.

Before 2017, 2010 was the year with the most malicious homicides in the history of San Luis Potosí, since, in 1997, the state registers began, which the local prosecutors send each month to the National Public Security System.

In 2010, in the middle of the war against drug trafficking, launched in 2006 by President Felipe Calderón, the number of intentional murders in the state was 417. Just a year before, in 2009, the number of crimes of that type in the state had been lower, of 158.

In 2011, the intentional homicides in the entity were 402. Since then, no year exceeded 400 murders in San Luis Potosí. Until 2017.

Before that, in 1999, the second highest number of intentional homicides was recorded in the history of the entity, with 414 cases.

For 2017, the year with most intentional homicides in the history of the entity, the month with the most crimes of that type was August, with 48 murders, followed by June, with 47; July, with 46; April and September, with 44; January with 40; October and November, with 37; 32 in February; 29 in March and 24 in April.

Between January and October of this year, 248 of the homicides occurred with a firearm, 63 with a knife, 74 were classified as “others”, while of six murders there are no data.


As every Monday, on December 4, the prosecutor’s deputy prosecutor of the PGJE, Aarón Edmundo Castro Sánchez, offered a press conference in which he announced the number of homicides registered in the entity during the month of November and the last week.

A reporter questioned Castro Sánchez directly: “In 2017 we would be better off than the last year?”, To which the deputy prosecutor replied vaguely: “We present a downward trend. We had high months, of 48 the highest. in this (November) we had 37, in the previous one (October) 37. The lowest month was April, with 24, and well, we are in a trend that we are trying to reverse, there is a lot of work of operation, a lot of work of arrests “.

That is, when Castro Sánchez was questioned by the annual data, he turned around to respond with monthly figures, in which he compares October and November of 2017, with other months with more homicides in the same year.

Later, Castro Sánchez gave a statement that he did not even dare to complete: “Yes there is a tendency in the last two years, but we are in these areas of investigation”. He could not say that the trend in intentional homicides was upward.

In 2016, however, only one month exceeded 40 homicides, it was October, with 43 cases.

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