Fueling drug gangs’ impunity, unidentified corpses pile up in Mexico

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File photo of a Catholic priest blessing a coffin containing an unidentified body at San Rafael cemetery on outskirts of Ciudad JuarezBy Lizbeth Diaz MAZATLAN Mexico (Reuters) – In Mexico’s blood-soaked northern state of Sinaloa, a simple gravestone adorned with pink, blue and yellow plastic flowers marks the tomb of 42-year-old assistant carpenter Carlos Montano. “Legally, I’m dead,” Montano said, standing in the same Tijuana street where his death certificate says he was gunned down with shots to the neck and chest. “They buried me to banda,” he said, referring to a brass-based traditional music genre popular in Mexico. His ‘death’ illustrates the administrative chaos that families of drug war victims often face in Mexico.

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