Are tourists at risk? Cancun murders spike as drug cartels wage a bloody turf war
Paradise has been overrun by violence. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico has recently been transformed into one of the bloodiest high-profile battlegrounds in a turf war between drug cartels. Cancun, the party town on the beaches of the southeastern state of Quintana Roo, played host to 14 murders in one 36-hour span starting April 4, according to a translated version of a story from Mexican news outlet Notacaribe. Nine of the 14 were killed on April 4, making it the bloodiest single day in Cancun in more than a decade.