05 Mayo 2017 11:06
Around 3 o'clock in the morning on Tuesday 2 May, on the motorway that connects Mexico City with its neighbouring state of Puebla, a family of four in a Ford Ranger van pulled to the side of the road for a pit stop. Moments later, eight armed men drove up in two vehicles and proceeded to rob and brutally assault the family.
After making the victims get out of the van, the attackers then beat the father – who had apparently attempted to resist – shot and killed his infant son, before raping his wife and 14-year-old daughter. The assailants then drove away with the family's vehicle.
Abandoned at the side of the motorway, the victims walked two kilometres until they found a telephone near San Martín Texmelucan. They reported the crime and called an ambulance. Medics confirmed that the baby had died from a bullet wound.
The incident occurred on a stretch of motorway in the State of Mexico that has been plagued by violent assaults in recent months, according to a recent report by Canacar (The National Chamber of Trucking). Few attacks, however, have been quite so horrifying as this one.
A total of 13,734 cases of violent assault have been reported on Mexican motorways so far this year. Puebla, Tlaxcala, Guanajuto, and Veracruz are the other states with the highest number of such attacks.