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[South Texas:]Judge: 'It was a massacre'; 3 killed, 8 wounded in cockfight
The Brownsville Herald ^ | April 19, 2012 | Christopher Sherman

Posted on 04/19/2012 1:16:06 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

EDCOUCH, Texas (AP) — Masked gunmen opened fire during an illegal cockfight at a Texas ranch near Mexico early Thursday, killing three people and wounding eight others in what authorities described as a bloody massacre.

The attack at the ranch near Edcouch, a town about 15 miles northeast of McAllen, happened shortly after midnight and sent spectators fleeing from the makeshift bleachers surrounding the fighting ring into the brush. Authorities were searching for the attackers and for clues as to their possible motives, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said.

Homer Jasso, the justice of the peace for that area of the county, said the scene was shocking in its gore.

``It was a massacre,'' Jasso said. ``I haven't seen this kind of violence in the valley here on my watch. ... This is the first time in my life I've seen something this bad.''

Authorities were withholding the names of the slaying victims until after they had notified the men's families, but they said two of them, ages 49 and 53, were brothers. The other man was 42 years old.

Jasso said one man lay dead under the corrugated metal and wood pavilion that housed the bleachers, ring and concession stand. The bodies of the other two men were just outside. Investigators didn't know how many people were at the fights, but Jasso estimated there were 200 to 300 discarded beer cans on the ground. The bodies of at least 20 dead fighting roosters were also strewn about, although Jasso said he didn't know if the birds died in the ring or the gunfire.

``It was awful, awful, awful,'' Jasso said.

Sheriff's dispatcher Gloria Felix said the wounded were taken to hospitals, but she did not know their conditions.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; cockfights; hidalgocounty; mexico
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To: SwinneySwitch

200-300 beer cans means it was way early or only about 20-30 people if I’m calculating right based on cockfights I know about.

Cockfights generally aren’t run by the cartels although lots of drug dealers go to them. They are popular all the way up to San Antonio (Bexar County), about 200 miles from the border.

I know of one very popular cockfighting arena that ran for years on the outskirts of San Antonio out in the county. It was run by a Sheriff’s deputy or Constable, but it finally got busted when a new Sheriff was elected.

21 posted on 04/19/2012 3:45:06 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Picture of the perp

22 posted on 04/19/2012 3:47:53 PM PDT by packrat35 (When will we admit we are now almost a police state?)
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To: Travis McGee

A man takes his seat on a plane to Chicago and realizes the woman next to him is hot.

“Business trip or vacation?” he asks.

“Business,” she replies. “The annual sex convention.”

“What are you doing there?”

“Giving a lecture about the myths and truths of sexuality,” she answers.

“Like what?” asks the guy.

“People think African men are the most endowed, but it’s actually Native American men,” she says. “And another myth is that Frenchmen are the best kissers, when it’s actually men of Jewish descent. Also, a recent survey found that Cajuns are the best lovers of any ethnicity.”

Blushing, the woman adds, “I’m sorry, I shouldn’t be saying all this. I don’t even know your name.”

“Tonto,” says the man. “Tonto Goldstein. But my friends call me Boudreaux.”

23 posted on 04/19/2012 4:15:58 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Hodar

“What is it with Mexicans, and forcing animals to fight to the death for entertainment?”

It always has been a brutal culture. The Aztecs cut the beating hearts from tens of thousands of live victims. Nowadays the drug lords just cut off heads.

Buy hey, we should not be judgmental, right? Equal cultures and all that rot.

24 posted on 04/19/2012 4:26:49 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Never on my watch

What cockenbull! ;)

25 posted on 04/19/2012 4:55:11 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Squantos

I never knew Tonto Beoudreaux Goldstein, but I did know an actual Carlos Elvis O’malley. (I just changed the last name to an equally Irish one to not invade his real-world privacy.)

26 posted on 04/20/2012 4:58:41 AM PDT by Travis McGee (
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To: Travis McGee; Squantos

OK will you boys take your hands out of your pockets and let it cool down.

27 posted on 04/20/2012 5:35:39 AM PDT by B4Ranch (There's Two Choices... Stand Up and Be Counted ... Or Line Up and Be Numbered ...)
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To: B4Ranch; Travis McGee

Can’t post the good ones.......:o(

Stay safe Ya’ll !

28 posted on 04/20/2012 6:53:00 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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