There has been yet another apparent murder of musicians in Mexico.
The bodies of three members of grupero act Edith y El Tsunami were found inside the trunk of a car in the Mexican Western state of Michoacán. Vocalist Edith Gonzalez, 31, her husband Humberto Ledezma Rodriguez, 41 and her nephew Julio Cesar Segocia Gonzalez, 25, were all executed at gunpoint and then their bodies were set on fire, according to the local district attorney’s office. The three had been reported missing by family members after performing a show last Saturday in the town of Pueblo Nuevo.
The bodies were identified early Wednesday.
The triple murder is just the latest in what appears to be a never-ending list of executions of musicians in Mexico who perform in the regional Mexican circuit. Just last month, banda singer Tomas Tovar Rascon, known by the stage name Tito Torbellino, was shot to death while he was having lunch at a restaurant in the Mexican border state of Sonora.
And in January, 2013, 18 band and staff members of Kombo Kolombia, a Mexican cumbia band, were kidnapped while playing a private show at a warehouse in the countryside, blindfolded and driven away at gunpoint. The next day, their bodies were pulled out from a remote well. They’d been shot, execution style.
While Torbellino, Kombo Kolombia and now, Edith Y El Tsunami, are lesser-known acts, the violence hasn’t escaped the big names.
Back in November, 2006, Valentín Elizalde, freshly signed to Universal Music, was executed in his car leaving a concert at 3:30 a.m. along with his manager and his driver.
In 2007, Sergio Gómez, singer for duranguense band K-Paz de la Sierra, was kidnapped, murdered and tortured leaving a show. Those arrested for both crimes had ties to organized crime. Later, in 2010, Sergio Vega, El Shaka, was gunned down, also after leaving a show, and as recently as 2011, star Gerardo Ortiz survived a murder attempts.
Sources have repeatedly said that though many artists do not sing narcocorridos — the tracks devoted to drug-dealing exploits — they often have links, often indirectly, with drug trafficking. As a result, situations that may seem innocent, including flirting with the wrong girl, can turn deadly.