Six people killed and 37 injured in shooting at the "Butter Club" in Guadalajara

I used to read the news about the crime and narco crimes in Mexico and think that is far from the Mexico I know.

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Shooting at Butter Club in Guadalajara
from mural.com

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.

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  • This has got to be heartbreaking. We used to routinely visit border towns when we were in Texas and always had a good time--that stopped a few years ago. I'm disheartened by the fact that the "solutions" I see being put forward all seem to be motivated by some political agenda (CLOSE THE BORDER! DEPORT ILLEGALS! LEGALIZE DRUGS! BAN GUN SALES!) more than they're motivated by an actual attempt to analyze and solve the problem.

  • I went to med school in guad during the late 70s. the city aka LA PERLA DEL OCCIDENTE IS BEAUTIFUL WITH A TRULY A WONDERFUL INDIGENOUS POPULATION. SADLY THE GOVT HAS LET THIS GET SO FAR OUT OF CONTROL THAT THERE MAY BE NO SOLUTION. MY HOPE IS THE PEOPLE WILL DEMAND AN END TO THIS VIOLENCE AND BEGIN TO WRAP OUT THESE THUGS FINALLY RIDDING THIS PARADISE OF THIS TERRIBLE SCOURGE

  • Thank you for this blog. I too spend a lot of time in GDL, I went to school there and return several times a year. I too have close friends that live near Minerva and near the Butter Cup. I have walked by this club many times on my way to the laundry.

    As I have read the news this weekend about the violence, it has brought tears to my eyes on multiple occasions. I feel so helpless, I want to do something, But what? I am scheduled to return to GDL for spring break in a month, but now even I am nervous returning to the city that has embraced me with love.

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