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  • The Deadliest Place in Mexico

    The Juarez Valley, a narrow corridor of green farmland carved from the Chihuahuan desert along the Rio Grande, was once known for its cotton, which rivaled Egypt’s. But that was before the Juarez cartel moved in to set up a lucrative drug smuggling trade. “The Deadliest Place in Mexico” explores untold aspects of Mexico’s drug war as it has played out in the small farming communities of this valley. The violence began in 2008, when the Sinaloa cartel moved in to take over the Juarez cartel’s turf. The Mexican government sent in the military to quell the violence — but instead the murder rate exploded. While the bloodshed in the nearby City of Juarez attracted widespread media attention, the violence spilling into the rural Juarez Valley received far less, eve as the killings began to escalate in brutal ways. Community advocates, elected officials, even police officers were shot down in the streets. Several residents were stabbed in the face with ice picks. By 2009, the valley, with a population of 20,000, had a murder rate six times higher than Juarez itself. Newspapers began to call the rural farming region the “Valley of Death.” This investigation uses extensive Freedom of Information Act requests, court documents, and difficult-to-obtain interviews in Spanish and English with current and former Juarez Valley residents, Mexican officials, narcotraffickers and U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials, to reveal that many of these shocking deaths were perpetrated with the participation of Mexican authorities. It shows scenes of devastation — households where six members of a single family were killed, without a single police investigation. It uncovers targeted killings by masked gunmen of community activists and innocent residents for speaking out against violence and repression facilitated by corrupt military and government officials. And it gathers multiple witnesses who describe soldiers themselves, working in league with the Sinaloa cartel, perpetrating violence against civilians. "The cemeteries are all full. There isn't anywhere left to bury the bodies," one former resident said. "You'll find nothing there but ghost towns and soldiers."

    Tags: Drugs; violence; shootings; murders; Mexico

    By Writer: Melissa del Bosque; Photographer: Julian Cardona; Editors: Dave Mann, Texas Observer; Esther Kaplan, The Investigative Fund

    The Texas Observer


  • Wilmington's Street Wars

    Wilmington, Del., has become one of the most violent cities of its size in America. Nothing dramatized that fact more than several spectacular shootings in 2012, including one day in June when three people were shot to death in separate incidents, and a shootout a few weeks later at a soccer tournament that killed three people -- including a teenager waiting to play the game he loved. To document and study the violence he and other News Journal colleagues were covering, senior reporter Cris Barrish gathered information for a database detailing the 158 shootings, including 42 homicides, over a 20-month period. He learned that police made arrests in only one-third of the cases, many of which collapsed in court. His research into why police could not solve cases led to the revelation that both shooting suspects and victims had been arrested an average of about two dozen times, with many qualifying as habitual criminals -- a phenomenon that some authorities call "thugicide.'' His stories also explored the “don’t snitch’’ code of the streets that cripples prosecution of these cases, not only by the men on both sides of the gun barrel, but also by residents who are terrified of the gunmen and distrustful of law enforcement.

    Tags: Shootings; homicides; arrests; criminals; thugicide

    By Cris Barrish; Patrick Sweet; Mike Chalmers; Esteban Parra; Terri Sanginiti; Andrew Staub; Sean O’Sullivan

    The News Journal (Delaware)


  • University Alert System Fails

    An armed robbery taking place just feet off of the University of Miami campus failed to trigger a system-wide emergency notification. The text messages and e-mails meant to alert students and faculty of the danger were never sent out. CBS4 uncovers the failure.

    Tags: armed robbery; University of Miami; alert; system; fail; students; crime; gunmen; e-mails; text messages; emergency;

    By Gio Benitez; Waverly Allen;

    WFOR-TV (Miami)


  • Who Killed Brad Will?

    "Brad Will, a freelance reporter and videographer, was shot and killed Oaxaca, Mexico by gunmen affiliated with the government. He was shot in broad daylight, with dozens of witnesses - and in a wrenching twist, he actually videotaped his own murder. The tape clearly shows four shooters, yet none of the killers have been charged with the crime."

    Tags: reporter; journalists; murder; unsolved; government; murder investigation; Mexico

    By John Ross

    San Francisco Bay Guardian


  • How Teens Get Guns

    A San Jose Mercury News special report finds that "a review of California school shootings in the past decade reveals that most gunmen found their weapons close to home." The analysis showed that family and friends were the main source of firearms.

    Tags: teens; guns; firearms; school shootings; juvenile crime; school violence; teen crime

    By Jessica Portner

    Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)


  • The Columbine Tapes

    "Time sent a team of reporters to Littleton, Colo., to find out what victims, parents, students, school administrators and police investigators had learned about the Columbine massacre and the weeks and months leading up to it. What they found was almost as startling as the shooting itself: The teenage gunmen, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, had planned and plotted their destruction for at least a year. And (the gunmen) left behind revealing diaries and a series of home videos... They also found that warning signs had been missed... Much of what we had heard about the shooters in the immediate aftermath turned out to be untrue - and while the community and the nation spent eight grueling months struggling to understand the massacre and questioning how and why it could happen, the police task force investigating the shooting had the answers all along and allowed all of us to wallow in uncertainty and misinformation..."

    Tags: school violence guns Steven Manes SWAT team response motives guilt video games Doom media vengeance hate bombs 911 victims

    By Nancy Gibbs;Andrew Goldstein;S.C. Gwynne;Maureen Harrington;Timothy Roche;Richard Woodbury