Two men were fatally shot at a Naucalpan cemetery on Thursday, with a third individual wounded amidst Mexico’s Day of the Dead festivities, according to prosecutors. The tradition, observed from November 1-2, involves families visiting graves to honor deceased relatives, but this year’s observance was tragically exploited by attackers.
The shooting took place in a Mexico City suburb, though authorities have not released the victims’ identities or a motive. Local reports suggest the deceased were a businessman involved in car bullet-proofing and his bodyguard.
Separately, in the northern state of Sonora, near the Arizona border, police were ambushed while traveling. The assailants abandoned weapons, a vehicle, and blood traces before escaping to nearby mountains. Following this incident, Santa Ana’s mayor suspended local Day of the Dead activities and evacuated a school.
Violence prompted other regional cancellations, including in Benjamin Hill, where a parade and altar-decorating event were called off, and school transportation services were discontinued.
These incidents underscore rising tensions and have led to the unprecedented cancellation of cultural celebrations in several towns.