Eight people were killed near Mexico City as a result of drug use, and a 14-year-old boy with the nickname “El Chapito” has been taken into custody.
According to the federal Public Safety Department, the unidentified boy is accused of approaching a family in Chimalhuacan, Mexico, on a motorcycle and opening fire.
The boy’s moniker “Little Chapo” alludes to drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is currently incarcerated.
In connection with the murders on January 22, another man was also detained, and seven additional gang members were detained on drug-related charges.
At the time of the attack, which also left five adults and two children injured, the victims were hosting a party at their residence. It was allegedly a birthday celebration.
The killings’ motivation has not been revealed to the public.
The issue of child killers who turn to crime has existed in Mexico before.
Soldiers detained a 14-year-old boy known as “El Ponchis” in 2010.
The boy claimed he was forced to work for the Cartel of the South Pacific after being kidnapped at the age of 11, and that he had taken part in at least four beheadings.
The boy, who was only given his first name by the authorities, Edgar, told reporters that he was threatened and drugged into committing the crimes after being apprehended.
Police in Mexico previously detained one of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s sons back in January, which led to the arrest of the 14-year-old boy today.
Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 32, was apprehended by Mexican military and National Guard forces in the northwest city of Culiacan, according to defense secretary Luis Cresencio.
Authorities feared the drug baron’s hitmen would try to attack the car if he traveled by car, so he was flown to Mexico City via helicopter.
After being accused of leading his father’s notorious Sinaloa drug cartel alongside his brother, the US has requested that Mexico extradite the notorious drug lord’s son so that he can face trial.
Additionally, he is charged with murdering a singer who declined to sing at his wedding.