This year there have been 97 homicides, 95 percent of them related to the dispute for territory between the criminal groups the Michoacán Family, the Milenio cartel, and the Resistance.I've never heard of the Resistance, and I wonder if they are a new gang or just a local offshoot of someone we already are familiar with. As far as the Milenios, they operated in Michoacán for a long time earlier this decade, but were said to be destroyed by La Familia. Yet you still here about them from time to time.
The cities of Manzanillo, Tecomán, Villa de Álvarez, and Colima are the most affected by the crime and the climate of violance has impacted the revenues of local businesses.
Just this year, the American Consulate in Guadalajara has twice sent warnings to American citizens, telling them to be cautious about visiting the state of Colima because of the insecurity in the region.
Update: Authorities say that the murder was not linked to drugs. As always, grain of salt, but that's a denial that they don't usually make these days.