On Monday, a fatal shooting took place in the prominent Mexican resort town of Cancun, leading to the deaths of four men.
Their bodies were found in the tourist district close to the Fiesta Americana Hotel. Police have arrested two suspects in connection with the incident, which is believed to be a result of drug-related activities. All those involved are native to Mexico.
In response, Mexican authorities have increased their presence in the city in an attempt to prevent a loss in tourist revenue. Cancun is still a preferred holiday destination for many Americans. This incident follows another shooting last week in Cancun, in which an American was shot in the leg after midnight on March 29th.
Drug and cartel-related violence has become more and more common in Mexico. This has caused the U.S. State Department to issue a travel warning for Americans visiting Mexico, advising them to “exercise increased caution due to crime and kidnapping.”
Just this year, in early 2023, four Americans from Brownsville, Texas, were kidnapped by a Mexican cartel while crossing the border. Two of them were murdered before the cartel eventually released them. Five men were handed in by the cartel and they apologized for the violence.
The U.S. has constantly advised citizens to refrain from traveling to certain areas of Mexico.