In reaching a milestone any city would hope to avoid, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, recorded its 3,000th murder on Tuesday, CNN reported.
The city is one of the focal points of the deadly drug cartel war that is waging in Mexico. It sits across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, which in contrast, recently was named the safest large city in America in a survey of crime statistics.
Two killings on Tuesday pushed Ciudad Juarez's total to 3,000. The vast majority of the killings are related to the cartel war.
"At 12:15 p.m. we hit 3,000 murders for the year. The state attorney general's office had the number at 2,998 as of Monday and with the two murders today that brings us to 3,000," Arturo Sandoval, spokesman for the Chihuahua state attorney, told CNN in a phone interview.
-- Lance Murray