A 14-year-old boy suspected of murdering eight people has been arrested in Mexico. The killings, allegedly related to drug-related crimes, occurred near the capital, Mexico City, authorities said on Thursday. Because of the rumored drug connection, the suspect was given the nickname "El Chapito" (roughly: little Chapo) - based on the notorious ex-cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, who was imprisoned in the USA.
The boy reportedly approached a family on a motorcycle in a poor suburb of the capital called Chimalhuacan and opened fire on them. Another man has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 22 killings, and seven members of the gang he belongs to have been arrested on drug-related charges.
The victims were having a house party when the attack broke out, injuring five adults and two children. According to reports, it was a birthday party. Neither a motive nor the identity of the young suspect were disclosed.
However, drug gangs in Mexico regularly kidnap people or carry out contract killings. Rivals who sell drugs in gang-held territories are also consistently killed, as are people who owe money to criminals. The fact that children become murderers for criminal gangs is also not an unprecedented event in Mexico.