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The first thing I saw when I logged into my facebook account this evening was a status update from my aunt who lives in Monterrey, Mexico with my uncle and their three children:
Me da tanta tristeza lo que esta pasando en Monterrey. Cada dia esta peor, hasta cuando nos van a regresar a nuestro Monterrey tranquilo
[Translated: It fills me with sadness to see what’s happening in Monterrey. Each day it gets worse; how long until tranquility is restored in our Monterrey?]
A long string of comments from whom I’m presuming are other Monterrey residents include responses like, “I don’t know what’s happening in Mexico, but it’s really affecting me. I hope it’s resolved soon. Can you believe that there’s violence even in tiny villages like Arcabuz!”; and “I’ve just seen the casino in Monterrey. Those psychos don’t have mothers!”; and “Oh friend, this is so sad. There are no words to describe this”; and “Where does this [violence] stop???” A quick Google search revealed this horrific news:
(CNN) — At least 28 people were killed and numerous others injured in a reported grenade attack at a casino in Monterrey, Mexico, the capital of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, local police and an official with the Green Cross told CNN.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET) at the Casino Royale when two people aboard a vehicle arrived, and one threw three grenades into the building.
There were conflicting unconfirmed reports from local media that the assailants poured gasoline on the building before setting it on fire.
Between 20 and 30 people were trapped in the casino because of debris from the explosions, said Cmdr. Angel Flores with the Green Cross.
This violent crime comes just days after this atrocity.
I fear for the safety of my family in Monterrey. It’s hard not to despair when the Mexican government, the only entity big enough to do anything about the violence, is both incapable and unwilling to address the problem.