This is the shocking moment Mexican gangsters line up around 17 mourners at a funeral and shoot them dead against a wall.
The massacre was filmed by a resident in the town of San Jose de Gracia in the Mexican state of Michoacan on Sunday.
According to local reports, between 10 and 17 people were shot dead by suspected cartel members at the funeral.
The suspects reportedly arrived at the scene, took the victims outside, and shot them in full view in the street.
The footage shows a group of people lined up against a wall as gunmen position themselves around their vehicles in the street and open fire.
The apparent massacre took place in an area where the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), the Nueva Familia Michoacana gang, and elements of the Knights Templar Cartel reportedly carry out illegal activities and battle for turf.
The Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) in Michoacan State said they sent a team of National Guard and Mexican Army personnel to the scene after receiving a report of the shooting.
The authorities are trying to “locate the possible perpetrators and create the conditions for staff at the Michoacan Prosecutor’s Office to carry out the necessary procedures that allow us to clarify the facts”.
The State Prosecutor’s Office said the murder scene had been “recently cleaned” and “no victims were found”.
However, investigators found the containers of the cleaning products and the casings for firearms of various calibres.
The police also seized a motorbike and two vehicles that sustained gunshot damage during the attack.
The investigation continues.
According to government figures, Michoacan was the third-worst state for homicides in 2021 with 2,732 registered murders.
Mexico registered 33,308 homicides in 2021 after the two most violent years in the country’s history, with 34,690 murder victims in 2019 and 34,554 in 2020.