NEWS ABOUT: Monterrey, Mexico

Onetime Heaviest Guy in World Dies at 48

He had slimmed down to 867 pounds in recent years

(Newser) - Slimming down didn't lead to longevity for Manuel Uribe: The Mexican, who topped the scales at 1,230 pounds in 2006 when he was the world's heaviest man, has died at the age of 48, the AP reports. He had slimmed down to around 867 pounds in recent... More »

This 20-Year-Old Is a Suspect in 79 Murders

Juan Pablo Vazquez was arrested earlier this month

(Newser) - He's just 20 years old, but Juan Pablo Vazquez is believed to have killed 79 people ... at least. Reuters reports that Vazquez was nabbed this month in northern Mexico, and has since confessed to having a hand in 45 murders; he is being investigated in connection with another 34... More »

Mexico Band Massacre: Survivor Led Cops to Bodies

He managed to escape the armed men

(Newser) - Cops searching for a missing band in Mexico have pulled 18 bodies from a well after being led there by a band member who survived the massacre of his bandmates. The survivor says that after Kombo Kolombia played at a bar, armed men arrived and ordered them into vehicles, the... More »

16-Member Mexican Band Feared Murdered

Bodies found after Kombo Kolombia vanishes

(Newser) - Members of a Colombian-style band who disappeared after a gig in northern Mexico last week have become the latest musicians to be kidnapped and murdered by drug gangs, authorities fear. The 16-man Kombo Kolombia band and four of its roadies were reported missing early Friday; investigators have now discovered at... More »

Officials Dig Into Shady Past of Rivera Plane's Owner

Also, singer's plane had been in 2005 accident

(Newser) - As mourning fans created candlelight shrines to Jenni Rivera in California and Mexico, the AP rounds up post-crash developments, which involve more than a little finger-pointing at the plane's owner, Starwood Management. Officials are apparently diving into the history of the Las Vegas-based firm, which had another one of... More »

NTSB Confirms Jenni Rivera Died in Plane Crash

Her driver's license found among wreckage

(Newser) - The US National Transportation Safety Board is confirming that Mexican singer Jenni Rivera was indeed killed, along with six other people, in the Learjet crash early yesterday in Monterrey's mountains. "It was Jenni's plane that crashed and that everyone on board died," her father, Pedro Rivera,... More »

Mexican Singer Jenni Rivera's Plane Goes Missing

Air traffic controllers lose contact with small plane after it left Monterrey

(Newser) - Mexican singer Jenni Rivera is missing after a small plane she was in lost contact with Mexican aviation authorities, reports the AP via La Voz . Rivera's plane went missing around 3:30 this morning shortly after takeoff from Monterrey, where she had given a concert last night. It was... More »

Cartel 'Madman' Busted in Mass Beheadings

Daniel Elizondo is leader of local Zeta gang: cops

(Newser) - Police have captured the man behind the grisly slaying, mutilation, and dumping of 49 people near Monterrey last week, officials tell Reuters . Daniel Elizondo, aka "The Madman," a Zeta drug cartel leader, was caught by Mexican soldiers in Nuevo Leon. Over the last few weeks, drug cartel violence... More »

49 Bodies Dumped on Mexican Highway

Latest casualties found near border city of Monterrey

(Newser) - Mexico today made the latest grisly discovery in its drug war: 49 bodies, some of which were mutilated, were dumped along a highway connecting the northern city of Monterrey with the US border, reports the AP . The 43 men and six women were found early this morning in the town... More »

Mexico: 30 Zetas Escaped in Prison Riot

And all those killed were rival gang members

(Newser) - Yesterday's riot at a prison in northern Mexico not only killed 44 inmates, but also covered up the escape of 30 members of the infamous Zeta drug cartel, Mexican officials say. "Without a doubt there was premeditation," says the governor of Nuevo Leon, Rodrigo Medina. "This... More »

44 Dead in Mexico Prison Riot

Rival drug gangs probably contributed to violence

(Newser) - The death toll in yesterday's riot inside a Mexican prison has now climbed to 44, officials say. No guards were among the dead, but MSNBC reports that corrupt ones may have helped enable the brawl. All the Apodaca prison's guards are reportedly being held for questioning. The clash... More »

Mexico Prison Riot Kills 20

Guards regain control after a few hours at facility outside Monterrey

(Newser) - A prison riot in northern Mexico left about 20 people dead early today, according to a security official. A Nuevo Leon state public security spokesman told Milenio television that the riot broke out at about 2am at a prison in the city of Apodaca outside the northern industrial city of... More »

1,500 Slot Machines Seized in Mexico Raids

11 casinos around Monterrey raided following deadly arson

(Newser) - About 700 soldiers, police, and Treasury agents seized 1,500 slot machines from 11 casinos around Monterrey, Mexico, in the wake of Thursday's attack on a local casino that killed 52 people , reports the AP . Authorities did not link the raids to Thursday's attack, but instead said they... More »

Teen Survives Being Shot, Dangled From Bridge

Latest victims of possible drug cartel violence may have been informants

(Newser) - A kicking, screaming teenager with a gunshot wound was found dangling from a rope over a busy highway yesterday in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey. Another man alongside him was dead by the time rescuers arrived and a third was found dead below, police say. Witnesses saw a group... More »

Mexico's Future Hinges on Monterrey's Cartel Plight

Once-thriving city falling victim to drug cartel violence

(Newser) - Mexico's future may well be playing out on the streets of the city of Monterrey, says Reuters in a special report. The city had once been a shining model of entrepreneurial success, a lure for foreign companies, and a symbol of Mexico's global ambition. Now it's on... More »

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