U.S. Citizens Killed In Juarez
POSTED: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 5:13pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 4, 2011 - 2:44pm
EL PASO - It's a question many of you are asking. How many El Pasoans are being murdered in Juarez? We've got the answer for you.
The U.S. State Department says 37 U.S. citizens lost their lives in Juarez in 2010. The vast majority, 34, were murdered. As for the other three; one American was executed, another committed suicide and one died in a car accident.
"The drug violence is rising in Juarez, and I anticipate that if it continues we're going to see additional names from El Paso that were murdered in Juarez," Patrick Turley said.
Turley is the president of the Crime Victims' Rights Council of El Paso. This past weekend his organization added 60 names to a plaque that memorializes El Pasoans killed at the hands of violent crime. Turley said about 40 of those names were El Pasoans killed in Juarez. So why are his numbers slightly higher than the governments?
"I'm sure their numbers are from the people that actually report the crime to the State Department, to the American Consulate over there," he said.
Turley pointed out something we also confirmed with the State Department. The United States relies on the Mexican government to tell us how many of our citizens are killed on their land. Turley's organization does not. They do an independent count using family, friends and even school counselors.
"Sometimes El Paso, and our memorial, is the only place they can memorialize their loved ones who died as a result of violent crime over there," he said.
Records show that Juarez only accounts for 13% of all U.S. citizen deaths in Mexico.
The State Department declined an interview, and they said they could not provide us with any statistics for this year.