Walter Mencken 10:03 a.m., March 27
Man born in Tijuana prison suspected of killing 7 in La Paz
Suspect has allegedly admitted to killing and burying victims
A 20 year old Tijuana native is in custody after allegedly killing seven victims in Baja California Sur. The victims were found in two mass graves, outside of the city of La Paz, early in the week of June 9. The suspect, Simón Guillermo Hernández Peña, allegedly confessed to the crimes after being questioned by authorities. The suspect stated he killed and buried the victims in order to prevent them from snitching on him for crimes they committed together. Authorities have stated the group allegedly sold narcotics and committed robberies in the area.
Two of the seven victims were women. According to the Organización Editorial Mexicana, three victims have been officially identified, ranging in age from 19 to 27.
According to state authorities, Hernández Peña was born in the Tijuana CERESO prison. His parents were apparently both inmates and he lived there until his 6th birthday.
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