Brandon Hernández 9 a.m., Aug. 1
Tijuana Norteño Band Attacked by Gunmen
The band known as Los Juniors was attacked by gunmen in Tijuana on Tuesday, March 13, leaving one dead. Carlos Alberto Hernández Mancillas, the 21-year-old lead singer, was shot eight times and died at the scene. Band members Luis Alberto and Francisco Javier Gutiérrez survived but were severely wounded. Two men in a van reportedly opened fire on the group as they were rehearsing in a garage in the Sanchez Taboada neighborhood. Over 30 shell casings from a .40 caliber gun were collected at the crime scene.
The up-and-coming group is known for its narco-corridos, which celebrate cartel activities. The group has performed several songs mentioning the Arellano-Félix cartel (Tijuana Cartel) and its problem of facing the invading Sinaloa cartel.
Bands playing popular narco-corridos in Mexico have faced multiple attacks in recent years. Last month, five norteño band members were killed while performing in Chihuahua City. Several cities and states have banned this type of music. Radio stations, clubs, and concert halls can even face fines for playing the music.
The group is also commonly referred to as Los Juniors de Tijuana, to differentiate them for groups such as Los Juniors de Culiacan.
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