December 23rd, 2009
06:11 AM ET

Drug cartel retaliation suspected in Mexico shootings

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/americas/12/22/mexico.cartel.retaliation/story.cartel.gi.jpg caption="Members of the Mexican navy last week guard the complex where Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed." width=300 height=169]

Mexico City, Mexico

Three members of the family of a Mexican marine who died in a shootout last week were killed Tuesday in the southern state of Tabasco, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said.

Marine 3rd Petty Officer Melquisedec Angulo Cordova was fatally shot during a gunbattle that resulted in the killing of Arturo Beltran Leyva, one of Mexico's most wanted drug lords. The killing of his family members has raised speculation in Mexico that it was an act of retaliation by the Beltran Leyva's drug cartel, CNN en Español reported.

Very early Tuesday, gunmen entered the family's home and opened fire, killing Angulo Cordova's mother, sister and a third relative, the state-run Notimex news agency reported. Angulo Cordova's brother was injured in the shooting, the agency said.


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