Two new murders were registered in Rosario in just a matter of hours on Thursday night, bringing the violence-stricken city's count to 52 homicides so far this year.
A 51-year-old man and a 20-year-old man were shot on public roads in two separate events, police officials said.
José Alejandro Arias, 51, was shot several times from a car and a motorcycle while driving in the west side of Rosario.
In the second crime, a 20-year-old man was shot while walking down the street in the Crespo neighbourhood and died on the spot, according to local reports.
Rosario has received national attention for the staggering number of murders that have occurred so far this year. These homicide rates are a part of an ongoing problem in the Santa Fe Province as a whole.
In 2019, parts of the region recorded a homicide rate more than three times the national average.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPA) presented a preliminary report last week that highlighted 337 victims of homicides were recorded in the province last year. Although that was lower than the prior year’s total of 357, it nonetheless remains alarming.
According to the MPA’s report, the measure of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants — an index which is used internationally — indicates that La Capital (Greater Santa Fe) had a rate of 17.6, while Rosario reached 13.1. By way of comparison, the national rate stands at 5 per 100,000. The rate of Santa Fe Province as a whole. Reached 9.6 per 100,000 people.