Sirens blared as a Ciudad Juarez State Police Officer raced down the street en route to the day’s latest murder. Someone had been shot and the suspect was still at large. The officer arrived at an empty field on the outskirts of “La Valle de Juarez,” an area notoriously violent and under control of the cartels. It doesn’t take long for them to discover the body.
It’s a typical Saturday night in the city of 1.3 million people, located just steps from the border with El Paso, Texas. Cd. Juarez has been plagued by violence since 2009 when President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s drug cartels.
While a crime scene like this would often attract many local journalists, that night there was only one photographer — from the newspaper “El Diario.” He stood behind the police tape photographing the body.
“Normally when we come here to cover to this area, we travel in groups,” said Fernando, who asked us only to use his first name for safety reasons. …