The bodies of 10 people were found hanging at a bridge in central Mexico in what is speculated to be a result of gang-related killings.

The horrific discovery was made at the Mexican state of Zacatecas. 9 bodies were found hanging while another was found on a nearby motorway. Local media suggest that this was a result of gang-related killings and that the victims were tied to a dispute between local criminal gangs in the area, Reuters reported.

A local government spokesman says that an intensive investigation is underway but did not provide a timeline on how long this would take.

Gang-related violence and Mexico have ramped up recently, particularly in the popular tourist zones of Quintana Roo state.

According to President Manuel Lopez Obrador, the National Guards will permanently deploy to Cancun and the surrounding area following an uptick in violent incidents, including the deaths of two tourists in the resort of Tulum who were caught in a gang crossfire.

Cartels occasionally resort to public displays of bodies as a way to taunt rivals or authorities and also terrify residents.

In the first nine months of 2021, Mexico has had more than 25,000 murders. It was 3.4% less than the same period a year earlier, according to federal data.

At about the same time, it was reported that two officers from Zacatecas were relieved and face punishment for allegedly drag racing their patrol vehicles.

The whole thing was captured on video that went viral. Rio Grande Mayor Mario Cordova immediately contacted Police Chief Jaime González Barriento after stumbling on the unfortunate scene.

“The officers have betrayed the trust of citizens, and this government will not tolerate bad actions from any member of the municipal administration,” Cordova said in a statement.

“Corrective actions and sanctions have already been carried out in accordance with the law against the officers involved, who are away from work while their situations are determined,” he added.

Death by Hanging
A man reportedly killed himself by hanging after live-streaming the act on his Facebook account in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India on Tuesday, Oct 4. This is a representational image. Pixabay photo | ArtWithTammy

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