Multiple People Dead After Gunmen Attack in Popular Tourist Hotspot

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January 08, 2019Jan 08, 2019

International travel always seems to spark worries for certain citizens. Now, a terrifying incident in Mexico has just taken place that has left multiple people dead.

According to reports, a shooting attack at a bar in Mexico resulted in the death of 7 people. The event occurred at "Las Virginias" bar in Playa del Carmen. The city is a hotspot of tourists and draws large crowds to the beaches and local shops.

"One man was wounded but survived the attack. He told police he was drinking beer with friends when gunshots broke out. The attackers have not yet been identified. Playa del Carmen is located on the coast facing the island of Cozumel, Mexico's leading cruise ship destination. Once a quiet fishing and ferry town, Playa del Carmen has grown exponentially in the last two decades, with lower-income neighborhoods springing up on the inland side of the coastal highway," reported KTVB.

At this time, a motive for the attack has not been discovered. The incident further strengthens fears in the region. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico warned about visiting the city just last year.

"The resort is midway between Cancun, to the north, and Tulum, to the south, in the coastal state of Quintana Roo, which has seen homicides more than double in the last year, with 688 killings in the first 11 months of 2018, compared to 322 in the same period of 2017. At that rate, Quintana Roo could end 2018 with a homicide rate of about 50 per 100,000, on a par with El Salvador," reported KTVB.

Join us as we pray for the families of the victims. We pray that God surrounds them with grace and peace as they endure this awful tragedy.

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