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Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:52 PM

Puerto Rico fears post-Maria murder surge: 11 days, 32 slain

Source: Associated Press

Puerto Rico fears post-Maria murder surge: 11 days, 32 slain

By DANICA COTO
1 hour ago

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico (AP) ó Before the sun rose on the first day of 2018, someone called 911 to report the charred, bullet-riddled body of a man with a snake-like tattoo on his left hand, lying beside a road in the Puerto Rican town of Vega Baja.

The next day, two men were found dead with their feet and hands bound in Bayamon, a working-class city southwest of the capital. Another man was shot to death before dawn in nearby Vega Baja while trying to stop thieves from stealing his generator.

Thirty-two people have been slain in Puerto Rico in the first 11 days of the year, double the number killed over the same period in 2017. If the surge proves to be more than just a temporary blip, January could be the most homicidal month on the island in at least two years, adding a dangerous new element to the islandís recovery from Hurricane Maria, its worst disaster in decades.

While the number of homicides did not immediately spike in the weeks after the hurricane struck on Sept. 20, police and independent experts say many killings appear at least partly related to its aftereffects.

The storm has plunged much of the island into darkness, increased economic hardship and contributed to a sickout by police, all fueling lawlessness. Whatís more, officials say a turf war has broken out among drug gangs looking to grab territory after the stormís disruption.

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