Skip to comments.Tijuana: Funeral homes see big rise in business
Posted on 11/16/2008 9:23:16 AM PST by NormsRevenge
TIJUANA Manuel GarcNa has worked up to 14 hours a day for the past month outside the coroner's office, which now doubles as a municipal morgue.
The wave of violent crime in Tijuana has filled the refrigerated rooms of the building, and GarcNa is among at least half a dozen employees of funeral homes who mill around the hearse entrance, hoping to sell their services to the families of the deceased.
When the families arrive, GarcNa tries to be the first to approach them. He speaks softly, hands them a business card and tells them the price.
It all depends on what the family wants and what they can afford, although the competition also matters, said GarcNa, 32.
He offers services rangng from low-cost funerals for 6,500 pesos (about $500) to the most elaborate, complete with metal caskets, for 30,000 pesos (about $2,300).
The other salesmen offer practically the same prices. Some may drop their price by $50, which comes out of their commissions.
It's their job, and business is booming.
Tijuana has registered 10 new funeral homes in the past two years, bringing the total to 25, with two more applications pending.
The state Attorney General's Office has transported more than 600 bodies to the coroner since January. The victims were predominantly males under 25 who were believed to be linked to organized crime. Most were shot to death.
VNctor Manuel Lizárraga, president of the Tijuana Funeral Home Association and owner of Funeraria González, the city's oldest, has a different assessment. He said the increase in funeral services mirrors the city's population growth of about 5 percent a year.
Contrary to what you might think, funeral homes aren't awash in business, he said. Most murder victims are not claimed by their families and wind up in a communal burial site at a city graveyard in eastern Tijuana, he said.
The association, however, doesn't count all the city's funeral homes as members, Lizárraga acknowledged. Only five of the 25 in the city belong to the organization.
Maybe they can import some of the unemployed undertakers from Iraq, now that the war there is over.
With Obama in office Mexico will has less of a reason to continue its war on drugs. Didn’t they try to legalize a few years ago? IMO that issue may be revisited in a few months.
lol I just noticed I wrote “. . .Mexico will has less of a reason. . .” I’m apparantly turning into a street wise businessman who’s being slipped the Kool Aid in his coffee. Later, bros.
Damn, at those prices, we should be killing all our people down there.
Ping! Reminds me of the great Japanese movie “Yojimbo”.