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The Mexican government recently confirmed that 2019 was its most blood-soaked year in recent memory as homicides increased by 2.7 percent during President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s first full year in office.

On Monday, January 20, 2020, the National System of Public Security announced that 35,588 people were victims of homicides in 2019. This included 1,006 women targeted in “femicides,” or killings carried because of the victims’ gender.

On top of that, approximately 5,000 people disappeared in Mexico in 2019 and were not discovered.

Authorities carried out the highest number of murder investigations last year since they began to keep such data in 1997.

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