Mother of four among 20 dead in Mexico cockfight massacre

An American mom is dead and her teenage sister is in critical condition after 20 people were killed in a massacre at a cockfight.

Melissa Silva and her sister Arleth Silva, 16, were on vacation in Michoacan, Mexico, and were at the gathering when gunfire rang out, family told ABC7.

Melissa, a mother of four, was fatally shot and Arleth was struck multiple times.

Seventeen men and three women were shot dead during the bloody massacre in the Las Tranjas region.

Arleth is in critical condition at a hospital in Mexico. She is one of four who were hurt in the shooting.

She was shot once in the lungs and twice in the legs, a family member claimed on a GoFundMe page.

Prosecutors claimed that the shooters planned the attack and entered the area in a stolen truck owned by a snack food company.

“The snack food company truck arrived, and several armed people in camouflage clothing got out,” a prosecutors’ statement said, according to the outlet.

“At the same moment, a bus that was outside the building was used as a blockade,” apparently to prevent victims from escaping or calling for help, it said.

The incident took place just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday as a suspected team of cartel members wearing military uniforms burst into the crowded venue.

Investigators found 15 vehicles allegedly belonging to the victims. One of them bore stickers with the logo of a criminal gang.

Cops also discovered more than 100 assault rifle shells littered across the ground.

Prosecutors added that drug cartels and other gangs had been fighting in the area.

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