Photo of Baby Slain in Drug Feud Outrages Mexico

He was shot dead alongside his parents in Oaxaca
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2016 3:55 AM CST
Photo of Baby Slain in Drug Feud Outrages Mexico
A memorial for the dead.   (Facebook)

In Mexico, they're comparing it to the heartbreaking photo of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi lying dead on a beach. An image of a slain 7-month-old baby lying between his dead parents on a sidewalk has gone viral and caused outrage across the country, according to a New York Daily News report that includes the graphic photo. Officials say the boy, identified as Marcos Miguel Pano Colon, was being carried by his father, 24-year-old Juan Alberto Pano Ramos, in the city of Pinotepa in Oaxaca state when suspected drug traffickers opened fire, killing the boy, his father, and his 17-year-old mother, Alba Isabel Colon.

Investigators say the murdered couple had links to a suspected drug trafficker who was gunned down the same day, CNN reports. Four people have been arrested in the case. The photo led to renewed calls for the government to stamp out drug violence. "Do you remember the Syrian boy? Do you remember how you became indignant and put a flag on Facebook?" asked the Solo Acapulco Facebook account, which uploaded the photo. "This is what happens in Mexico, to be precise in Pinotepa Oaxaca, where drug violence killed this family, including this little 7-month-old angel." (More Mexico stories.)

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