According to the Federal Public Safety Department, Mexican law enforcement detained a 14-year-old boy, who goes by the moniker “El Chapito,” for allegedly shooting and killing eight people in a drug-related incident near Mexico City. The attack took place in Chimalhuacan, a low-income suburb, where the teenager reportedly rode up on a motorcycle and decided to open fire on a family. Alongside the teenager, authorities arrested another man for his involvement in the January 22nd killings, and seven additional gang members for drug-related offenses.
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According to authorities, at the time of the attack, the victims, among them were five adults and two children, were hosting a birthday party at their residence, While the boy’s name has yet to be disclosed due to his age, he is commonly referred to as “Little Chapo,” which seems to be a nod to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the incarcerated drug kingpin. El Chapo is currently serving a life sentence in a high-security facility in Colorado. He was convicted in 2019 on several charges, including drug trafficking, money laundering, and weapons-related offenses.
‘El Chapito’ Arrested
The motives behind the killings have yet to be released, but unfortunately, it is common for drug cartels in Mexico to be involved in killing and kidnapping. These gangs are also known for attacking competitors selling drugs within their territory or individuals who owe them money.
Mexico has tragiclly seen its share of underage murderers. Back in 2010, a 14-year-old boy known as “El Ponchis” was arrested by soldiers after he claimed that he had been abducted at the age of 11 and was compelled to work for the Cartel of the South Pacific, a faction of the Beltran Leyva gang. The boy confessed to participating in at least four beheadings. Following his arrest, the young suspect, identified only by his first name Edgar, told several media outlets that he had been coerced into committing the heinous crimes through threats and drug use.