I used to read the news about the crime and narco crimes in Mexico and think that is far from the Mexico I know.
That was only happening at the border or only in cities controlled by drug lords. I would say that is isolated to certain areas the same way that gang shootings plague certain neighborhoods of Chicago.
Just in the last month there have been a series of incidents that has brought what can best be described as lawlessness to Guadalajara, a city that I lived in for almost four years and that I visit frequently.
Over the weekend, six people were killed and 37 injured in a nightclub in Guadalajara, according to Milenio.com. The club called "Butter Club" is located near the famous Minerva fountain in an upper middle-class district of the city close to where I used to live.
It's an upscale trendy club that attracts young people who like to stay out late on the weekends. It's one of those locales that adopts a name in English to be cool.
I walked right by the club located on Lopez Mateos Avenue during a visit to Guadalajara last month. Indeed, two of my closest friends and their families live a few blocks from this nightclub.
Authorities said that two groups of people had been arguing earlier at the club.
At 4 a.m. the second group came back, shot up the place and then threw a grenade at the front door. I don't think your every day criminals have access to grenades.
After the shooting narcomantas or signs were posted in a few key spots in the city.
These stories plus others I have blogged about recently, a drive by shooting of two Mexican girls, the murder of a Mexican diplomat based in Chicago, and the narcobloqueos, or street blockades where buses and trucks were set on fire, are all serious cause for concern.
I used to dismiss warnings about traveling in Mexico but these recent incidents in my second city have me thinking twice.
I also have argued in another blog post that now is not the time to deport undocumented immigrants back to Mexico. We could be endangering their lives.
My heart breaks for Guadalajara.