Slaying of Drug War Hero’s Family Shocks Mexico

Members of Mexico's navy special forces carry the coffin of their colleague Navy Master Melquisedec Angulo Cordoba at the cemetery in Villahermosa December 21, 2009.Members of Mexico’s navy special forces carry the coffin of their colleague Navy Master Melquisedec Angulo Cordoba at the cemetery in Villahermosa December 21, 2009.Assailants on Tuesday gunned down the mother, aunt and siblings of a marine killed in a raid that took out one of Mexico’s most powerful cartel leaders — sending a chilling message to troops battling the drug war: You go after us, we wipe out your families.

The brazen pre-dawn slayings came just hours after the navy honored Melquisedet Angulo as a national hero at a memorial service.

“The message is very clear: It’s to intimidate not only the government but its flesh and blood,” said Jorge Chabat, a Mexican expert on drug cartels. “It’s to intimidate those in the armed forces so they fear not only for their own lives, but the lives of their families.”

Federal officials had warned last week’s killing of drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva, known as the “boss of bosses,” could provoke a violent backlash from smugglers, who have gone after federal police in the past following the arrest of high-ranking cartel members.

Beltran Leyva was among the most-wanted drug lords in Mexico and the United States, and was the biggest trafficker taken down by President Felipe Calderon’s administration so far. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials blamed his cartel for much of the bloodshed across Mexico.

Even so, the country was shocked by the brutal slayings of Angulo’s family at their home just hours after the fallen marine’s mother, Irma Cordova, 55, attended his memorial service in Mexico City, where she received the Mexican flag covering his coffin.

His brother, Benito Angulo, 28, his sister, Jolidabey Angulo, 22, and aunt, Josefa Angulo, 46, also were killed shortly after midnight when gunmen wielding assault rifles broke down the door of their home. His sister, Miraldeyi Angulo, 24, was reported in serious condition at a hospital.

The family’s home in southern Tabasco state was littered with more than two dozen bullet casings.

Hit men linked to Beltran Leyva’s cartel have a strong presence in Tabasco, a Gulf state bordering Guatemala, and were suspected of being behind the attack. State and federal forces searching for the assailants set up roadblocks across the state Tuesday.

The navy did not say whether it was taking special measures to protect marine families, including Angulo’s two children, ages 3 years and 16 months. Authorities did not say where they or their mother were when their relatives were slain.

Calderon called the attack “a cowardly act” and vowed to press forward in his war involving more than 45,000 troops.

“We will not be intimidated by criminals without scruples like those who committed this barbarity,” he said Tuesday. “Those who act like this deserve the unanimous repudiation of society and they must pay for their crime.”

While the armed forces have led Calderon’s crackdown against organized crime that has seen more than 15,000 people killed by drug violence since it began in 2006, direct attacks by cartels on troops are rare, especially for marines who only recently started playing a major role in the drug war.

Most of the killings have been among rival smugglers, according to the federal government. Hundreds of local, state and federal police also have been slain, but only a handful of soldiers have died at the hands of traffickers.

Angulo, 30, was the only marine killed in the Dec. 16 raid that sparked a nearly two-hour shootout at an apartment complex in the colonial city of Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City. Two other marines were wounded.

Angulo was also the only marine whose identity was made public of the more than 60 who took part in the operation, which also left six other gunmen dead in addition to Beltran Leyva. Mexican troops never have their names or numbers on their uniforms to protect their identities.

The Mexican government, eager to announce its victory, was unusually open about last week’s raid, much of which was filmed by local media. Reporters were allowed into the apartment afterward to view Beltran Leyva’s bullet-riddled body.

“This is really worrisome and is a challenge to the government because clearly one of the weapons of organized crime is its ability to use violence to intimidate, and that’s where it has been apparent that the state has failed many times in protecting its officials and, in this case, even their families,” Chabat said.

The Tabasco attack came exactly one year to the day after authorities found the bodies of seven decapitated soldiers and five other victims in southern Guerrero state, a region where the Beltran Leyva cartel has been battling for control. The bodies were accompanied by a sign that warned: “For every one of mine that you kill, I will kill 10.” A bag of their heads, some still gagged with tape, was found nearby.

Those slayings, in Chilpancingo, an hour north of the resort of Acapulco, marked the worst attack against the Mexican army in its half-century battle against drug gangs.

After the gruesome discovery, the government held a high-profile ceremony aimed at reassuring the nation it would not surrender. Officials also released the names of the troops — just as the navy did Monday when it honored Angulo. Their sobbing wives appeared on national television receiving the flags that had been draped on their husbands’ coffins.

In that case, however, officials ended the ceremony at the base and refused to say where the bodies would be buried; it also released no information on which cartel was suspected in the killings.

On Monday, by contrast, navy officials flew back with Angulo’s family to bury him in his home state, where their arrival was covered by local media.

– Article from Associated Press on December 22, 2009.



  1. Anonymous on

    its racist to assume he was white. what if the man who liked miami vice were black? how did u reach this conclusion?

    when you find yourself saying something to others, soemthing you would not say to the race which you speak of. that is racism

  2. Anonymous on

    Let me know how that works out for ya. k? bitches ha ha ha !!

  3. Anonymous on

    Is because all you customers of these people cant get it right who it is, and who it is NOT legal to get high everything will be fine.the best thing we can do? is cut ALL drugs off into your backwards stolen land no more coke no more anything until you leave then we will just sell it to you all back in your homelands! until then fuck you ALL, and see if ALL your sources dry up quick!! That what you get for having a COP work for you you dumb shit! We control you now with OUR DRUGS see if you get any more were done sharing with ass holes like you europeans The fun part we get to watch YOU ALL JONES!! and will do anything and everything to each other just for another hit?? this is our revence europeans ENJOY your rehab!! you bitches ha ha ha !!

  4. owen on

    muy sexy latina senhorita, amigo

    very sexy
    very crazy

    i miss her
    i ran away from her ( literally )
    i miss her


  5. Anonymous on

    time to legalize drugs

  6. greg williams on

    hate / racism…is a learned behavior. When you participate in hateful racist commentary you have chosen to learn how to hate and be racist.

    I choose to learn how not to be hateful and racist.

    i choose to not use words like, ” Whitey” or ” Blackie”…or ” wetback”.

    you have chosen to engage in that kind of rhetoric.

    I grow my own marijuana and i couldnt care less what the cops thought….but i’m trying to.

    greg williams
    san francisco usa.
    You either believe what you are doing is righteous and have nothing to hide, or you dont.

  7. Anonymous on

    All I know is when you mix a Spaniard with an American native you get a very nasty result. They’re sort of the pit bull of human breeds, just naturally aggressive.

  8. Anonymous on

    I am not a racist. All of my friends are white, and I am a supporter of Marc’s. If I hated whites I wouldn’t be on this website. When you grow marijuana the last thing you want to do is give the cops any clues as to who you might be. Which is why I post anonomously. Your right I most likely wouldn’t say that unless I knew it was a room full of bigots. I understand that your not all like the first person who posted. If you were my country wouldn’t have a black president right now. I just can’t stand racists no matter what race they are.

  9. G-nonymous on

    You forgot to add black as your soul!

    bow down before the ones you serve,
    you’re going to get what you deserve!

  10. Anonymous on

    mexicans are people and we are people too. WE have created a system that allows us to descriminate towards other people JUST LIKE US, they just live in a different geological position. WE gave them that money and shit if i or you was born there we’d be trying to do the same damn thing, or supporting it at least. dont you see our flaws and what our system of segregation creates? Anyone? all i see in that paragraph is kill kill kill kill family dead kill killing death.. im getting real fucking tired of people writing these kinds of things like they are supposed to be this way.

  11. greg williams on

    sometimes you have a valid argument but it gets lost in your own racist ignorance.

    when you post “anonymous” you are hiding as well.
    i doubt you would say what you say while alone in a room full on whites.
    Not all whites believe in whats going on or supported what happened.

    at the rate you are going you will never evolve as a human.
    you seem to be becoming that which you deplore.

    May God forgive our warrin’ ways.

  12. NotSure on

    i mean the guy that said si. ha
    not the people getin killed

  13. NotSure on

    thats funny

  14. Anonymous on

    Bigots like you say all that racist shit from behind a computer screen, but if I were to put you in a crowd of non-whites you wouldn’t say shit like that. All throughout history the white race has done more harm to the human race than any other race of people. It’s the white bigots fault in the first place for this stupid drug war, and gangs. So I blame bigots like you for being terrified of mexicans smoking marijuana after a long days work in the 30’s as the reason why I’m not allowed to go to the store to buy a pack of joints. As well as segregating blacks, mexicans, and asians to certain areas. Not giving a fuck about them contributing to society, and getting a good education as the reason why I’m not able to go to certain areas in any city in the world. Your kind of people really need to die so we can evolve as a human race. Unfortunately you keep breeding, and continue to teach your idiot children the ignorance you percieve as fact from your uneducated bigot parents.

  15. Anonymous on


  16. Anonymous on

    You seem to be confusing TV with reality.Spaniards have done alot for the world. For starters their women are extremely beautiful(Mexican women also), The art of Picasso is brilliant, The book Don Quiote is read in every university in the world practically,Salvador Dalí is genius,they explored the new world and were civilized traders long before America was a dream…and they conquered much of the known world with tactics while ignorant savages were still chucking rocks and spears…just ask the Mexican’s. Much much more too.

  17. Mexican on

    Spoken like an ignorant white fuck. You base your opinion on Miami Vice? You truly are clueless. Most of the drug dealers around here are distinctly white with English or French backgrounds, or are you blind as well as stupid. Get back to your re-runs. I suppose the British Empire was just a social club in your eyes??? Moron.

  18. greg williams on

    Let us never forget what causes the death of innocent peoples. Prohibition laws.

    When i think of drug cartels what comes to my mind is the CIA, Wall Street, and the American Government.

    Nobody suffers like the poor people suffer.

  19. Slave_Unit on

    Dear Psychotic Governments and Corporate Elites,

    Beware of the one who has lost health, home, dreams and family to incarceration.
    without nothing of worth remaining to loose only a great balance is now to be struck.


    head like a hole

    i’d rather die

    than give you control


  20. Anonymous on

    “The Spanish are a deplorable people. Ever watch Miami Vice? Well the bad guys were always Latinos, either Colombians or Cubans. When you think of a drug cartel you think of Spanish speaking guys. Spaniards are the problem, way too damn many of them.”

    Spaniards are people from Spain. When you say the “Spanish” people you are insulting the people of Spain, NOT Mexico. Mexicans (people from Mexico)happen to speak the Spanish language. Give Spain a break, besides, they are next to Portugal, where they have decriminalized everything.


  21. Anonymous on

    Mexicans are greedy fucks. Those cartels already have billions but they will kill innocent people to ensure that they make even more. The Spanish are a deplorable people. Ever watch Miami Vice? Well the bad guys were always Latinos, either Colombians or Cubans. When you think of a drug cartel you think of Spanish speaking guys. Spaniards are the problem, way too damn many of them. Just the way they talk identifies them as evil. When someone talks like Scarface, you don’t expect them to be an accountant. The Spanish are just a naturally greedy and violent people. Sadly, France and Britain never ganged up on them like they should have. Now we have a world full of Scarfaces. Just what good have the Spanish ever done the world? I can’t think of anything, other than keeping the Italians down in the drug trade.