Among 15 Priority Cities, Sonora’s Cajeme Shows Sharpest Rise In Violence

By Murphy Woodhouse
Published: Monday, May 24, 2021 - 5:15am
Updated: Monday, May 24, 2021 - 7:49am

A Sonoran city is showing troubling growth in murder cases, while violence in most other so-called priority cities is declining.

Cajeme, in Southern Sonora, is one of 15 of those priority cities, which federal officials say account for roughly a quarter of murders in the country. Ten of them saw cases decline an average of 19% over the first four months of 2021, compared to the same period last year.

“Municipal, state and federal authorities still have the challenge of stopping the rise of murder in León, Cajeme, Guadalajara, Acapulco and Chihuahua,” said Security Secretary Rosa Icela Rodríguez of the five other cities, which saw an average rise of over 17%.

And Cajeme led the pack, with a jump of 36%, from 132 cases last year to 180 through April of this year.

Sonora as a whole is showing a troubling rise in murder victims, which are up nearly 40% over 2020, a record-breaking year in its own right, according to federal data

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