Rocky Point Man Murdered in Hospital After Surviving 35 Rounds From Assassins At Start of Spring Break

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El Diario De Sonora
The assassination of Javier Vega is Rocky Point's worst nightmare -- and Gringo tourists'.
A Rocky Point, Mexico man was murdered in a local hospital at the start of Spring Break last Saturday, after gunmen failed to kill him in a high-speed chase through the streets, sources confirm to New Times.

 

Javier Celaya Vega, 21, was driving a white 2004 GMC Sierra through the city about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when assassins opened fire on his car, pumping 35 rounds into his vehicle. Responding officers found no one inside the truck, so they searched the surrounding area and found Vega wounded, but alive.

Officers took him to the general hospital in Las Brisas del Golfo, but gunmen with AK-47s showed up shortly after to finish him off -- the assassins shot him four times in the emergency room and nine times overall.

Mexican newspaper El Imparcial published an account of the killing on Tuesday, which was criticized by readers on its comment board who suggested authorities kept it quiet during the city's Carnaval festival. New Times reported in this week's cover story on tourism to Rocky Point and the issue of safety there -- and how publicity of crime in Rocky Point concerns locals and boosters alike.

Rocky Point Police Chief Lazaro Hernandez Bravo told El Imparcial police were busy responding to reports of gunmen at the Carnaval at the time of the assassination in the hospital, which is why Vega was unguarded. Hospital workers are reportedly seeking a meeting with the Mayor to discuss the need for increased security in the event of shootings.

Published accounts of the assassination are unclear as to how many gunmen chased Vega or why. New Times sources indicate Vega was a local but the gunmen were out-of-towners.

The issue of safety in Rocky Point -- and Mexico in general -- is complicated, as detailed by my colleague Ray Stern in this week's cover story. But last week's murder is sure to give second-thoughts to Gringos thinking about a trip to Rocky Point.

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Servietta
Servietta

I am truly sorry that this is the only news that gets published. This crime seemed to only be aimed at one man. No one else was hurt and everyone kept on having fun. I mean I am sorry for the mans family, but there was probably something we are unaware of and it has nothing to do with Americans coming to visit, I actually think the word on the street was that it was a love dispute.,So if you are a good person there is no reason not to visit Rocky Point. If you are going to cause trouble don't come.

P_hammond
P_hammond

I can find no other reference in any news source or Goggle to support this letter. What is its source and how reliable is it? PBH

Lee
Lee

Old story from Aug 2009 - same story, few changes - do I believe this? Why are none of the major news orgs carrying this shocking story?

Tom
Tom

You are so right. I just read the same story last year. Maybe they should do a story about maryvale some time.

Central High
Central High

Maryvale's a lost cause. No one wants to go there except for the police if they're in the mood to get their asses beat. You'd have a better time in Juarez.

wtf
wtf

Americans travel around the world for spring break, family vacations, business etc. and there are by far more dangerous cities in the world than rocky point! why don't the news sites post stories from other dangerous cities around the world???? what is it with the news sites only focusing on the violence from one country??? ..heck Phoenix is 100 times more dangerous than Rocky Point..i'm not sure what the purpose of this is...i agree with AH from Scottsdale the NT must have a vendetta against Rocky Point...they're starting to sound like fucking republicans trying to scare people...

Curse
Curse

There is probably zero measure by which you could prove Phoenix is "100 times more dangerous than Rocky Point," probably not even "twice more dangerous." What is it with news media reporting on murders in a country? Oh, I don't know. Local police don't investigate crime because they don't have the power to, are afraid to, and often are in cahoots with the criminals; ditto for the state and federal police. The Mexican media is afraid to report on violent crime for fear of reprisals from politicians, businessmen, and the cartels. But of course, that's too thoughtful for a simple oaf like you to understand.

AH from Scottsdale
AH from Scottsdale

You guys really have a vendetta against Rocky Point, huh? This is almost funny. There are gangland murders several times a week in Phoenix. Why would an American tourist have any second thoughts based on a story like this? A professional hit on a local drug player. Yawn, happens in Phoenix, happens in Tucson, happens (albeit less frequently) in Rocky Point. I'll see you on the beach with a margarita.

Johnny White Man
Johnny White Man

With an ignorant attitude like yours. I wouldn't be surprised if you became another careless victim down there. Just in case you didn't make it back--"Adios Amigo!"

Still I'd rather spend my Spring Break in Cali than in Rocky Point.

Tom
Tom

Cali ?? That place is a shit hole. Beaches are packed, cant smoke or drink on the beaches and the bums are out of control.

Bobby
Bobby

The issue is corruption within law enforcement. Tourists don't feel safe because those that are there to protect, may not be who they seem or have other priorities. I've been going down there over 30 years... I never trust the cops or Federals driving around with machine guns. Don't even get me started on how sketchy the roadblock on the highway are.

Tom
Tom

So why do you keep going if you think it is so bad ?? I've been going for years and have never had a problem with the law or locals.

Marcy
Marcy

American illegal drug users fuel violence in Mexico. All that gringo money is why people are dying in Mexico from cartel violence.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Bullshit. Illegal drug use is way down over the past ten years. This is not the result of any success by the "war on drugs", the reason illegal drug use is down is because the legal drugs are so much better nowadays (google it, prescription drug abuse has skyrocketed over the past few years while traditional "street drugs" are diminishing in use). The violence in Mexico is actually the result of a decrease in profits for the cartels, leading them to fight among themselves for control of the faltering trade. Furthermore, more than 1/3rd of the US population is not "gringo" as you call it and non-whites are much more likely to abuse illegal drugs, so in truth it is not "gringo" money that is causing this problem at all, it is Mexican greed, Mexican distain for human life and Mexican thugs that are causing all of this trouble in Mexico.

Tom
Tom

Way down my ass !! You need to do your homework junior. The drug trade is a multi billion dollar game in mexico and they cannot ship it to the states fast enough. Your stats are way off base.

Bobby
Bobby

Sounds like a failed war on drugs. Time to get distribution out of the hands of gangsters and fine a better way to satisfy an obvious demand that won't go away. No matter how much tax money you waste on trying to change peoples minds, a lot of them still prefer to smoke a joint instead of drinking beer.

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