Heavy gunfire on March 10 raked the streets of Reynosa, Mexico, a border city across from McAllen, Texas.
The violence lasted several hours, leaving burned and bullet-ridden vehicles smoldering in several neighborhoods.
The death, officials say, was only two.
But the men who handle the city’s dead insist the real figure is dozens more, and perhaps more than 50.
"Physically, there are no bodies," said Ramon Martinez, director of Funerales San Jose in Reynosa, who put the toll at between 40 and 50. "It’s very delicate."
Ask where those bodies are, and people get scared.
Cartel members, some say, are burying their own casualties.
Observers point out that, without an accurate death toll, the seriousness of drug turf battles south of the border is underplayed.
— Bill Miller