World Murder Capital Juarez Sees Record Weekend of Calm

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The Mexican border city of Juarez, known as the most violent city in the world, had gone three days without an murder by midday on Monday, its longest period without a killing since 2008.

According to a report in El Economista, the state attorney general said that Ciudad Juarez had gone 65 hours without a homicide by midday on Monday. The previous record was set in December 2008.

The homicide rate has been decreasing this year in Juarez, and May saw a two-year low of 150 murders. As InSight Crime has noted, this could be a product of the weakening of some local groups, such as La Linea, the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel. Some credit will likely go to Julian Leyzaola, a hardline officer appointed as police chief in March, though the decline began before he came to Juarez.

The period of calm coincided with an extended holiday in the city, with events and festivities that celebrate the 101st anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.

The peace was broken in Juarez on Monday afternoon, when two men were killed in separate incidents.

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