Relief in Mérida as 2 murder suspects are arrested

The fatal shooting occurred on Calle 55 between 132 and 136, Fraccionaminto Las Américas. Photo: File
A murder occurred on Calle 55 between 132 and 136, Fraccionaminto Las Américas in Mérida. Photo: File

Police in Yucatán detained two suspects for their alleged involvement in a fatal shooting in northern Mérida.

The shooting took place Feb. 23 at approximately 7 a.m. in Mérida’s Fraccionamiento Las Americas.

The first suspect, identified as Daniel A.P. was arrested after police found him hiding in a home located in northern Mérida on Feb. 28. 

The second suspect, identified as Jesús N, was arrested Tuesday in Mexico City. 

Both men have been charged with homicide by Yucatán’s state prosecutor’s office.

Authorities have speculated that the murder was committed as retribution for acts committed in the neighboring state of Quintana Roo.

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Due to the violent nature of the crime, and because the judge has deemed both men a flight risk, the suspects are being held without bail. 

State authorities confirmed that the suspects were identified using high-resolution security cameras recently installed by the state government. 

The search for the suspects involved hundreds of operatives across Yucatán, Campeche, Quintana Roo and Mexico City. 

“The murder appears to have been an isolated incident,” said public safety secretary Luis Felipe Saidén. Nonetheless, state authorities have vowed that they will not be letting their guard down and will work tirelessly to protect the safety Yucatán is known for.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.