A man and a woman in their 20s were tortured and hanged from a pedestrian bridge in a border town for denouncing a drug cartel on Internet forums and blogs, CNN reported Wednesday.
The incident took place in Nuevo Laredo, a city of 400,000 just across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas. Two notes referencing online activity were discovered at the crime scene, one of them tied to the leg of the male victim.
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"This happened for snitching on Frontera Al Rojo Vivo," read that note. Frontera Al Rojo Vivo is a popular online forum where members anonymously post details on drug cartels, and denounce them.
The second message, attached to the bridge, read: "This will happen to all the internet snitches (Frontera al Rojo Vivo, Blog Del Narco, or Denuncia Ciudadano). You better f___ing pay attention. I've got my eye on you." The two blogs also post anonymous information about the cartels. (Warning: Blog Del Narco also contains grisly scenes of cartel victims.)
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The second note was signed "Z", likely a reference to the Zetas cartel, which operates in the area. The cartel has murdered informants in the past, but this is the first known case where online message boards and blogs were mentioned.
None of the sites singled out appeared to have been intimidated by the grisly murders. "It's very difficult for them to find out who denounced," wrote one poster on Al Rojo Vivo. "They only want to scare society."
This story originally published on Mashable here.