Mexican federal troops have killed Knights Templar boss Nazario Moreno Gonzalez after a shootout in Michoacan state as reported by Catherine E. Shoichet for CNN: "officials described his death as 'the most important blow to the criminal group that he headed' and said he was 'the undisputed leader of the criminal group that dominates the state.'"
This is the second time Mexico has announced gunning down the narco lord. The first time was after a 2010 shootout but his body was recovered by his crew rather than the law, and apparently he survived or otherwise was resurrected. Let's hope this second time is the charm, and Moreno's really, really dead.
Knights Templar is a successor group to La Familia which Moreno founded, and in addition to the drug trade -- supplying dengenerate tweakers in Southern California with crystal meth -- has put its extortionate boot on the necks of the agricultural and mining sectors in Michoacan state.
As a teen Moreno was a migrant worker in the American southwest -- just another dreamer looking for amnesty -- until he supposedly underwent a spiritual awakening in which God called upon him to become a narco thug, and his quasi-religious organization operates with a cult-like fervor in which beheadings and other violence against rivals and snitches are justified actions against non-believing heathens.
Well, Moreno was dubbed "the craziest one."