A daylight attack on Thursday that left more than 50 people dead and a Monterrey casino in flames has shocked and frightened a Mexican public already hardened to drug violence.
Hundreds of people stayed out past an unofficial curfew to meet Javier Sicilia's caravan in the city square and share their stories of friends and relatives lost to the drug violence plaguing the state.
A United Nations report calls on the Mexican government to consider withdrawing the military from the streets amid a spike in human rights complaints.
Mexican police uncovered a mass grave this week with aid of a YouTube video posted online by a drug gang. Rival gangs have turned to social media before to publicize the crimes of their enemies.
As youths are sucked into a deadly drug war, incidents such as Friday's Mexico birthday massacre have increased.
A prison director is suspected of arming inmates and sending them on the July 18 Mexico birthday party massacre that killed 17. To some, Mexico's drug war seems 'the script of a science fiction movie.'
Gunmen killed at least 17 people Sunday in the city of Torreon. The Mexico birthday party massacre reminiscent of the killing of teens at a party in Cuidad Juarez in February. Has narco-terrorism arrived in Mexico?