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Relatives of victims wait in anguish for news after a shooting July 1 at a drug rehabilitation center in Irapuato, Mexico. <span class="copyright">(Mario Armas / Associated Press)</span>
Relatives of victims wait in anguish for news after a shooting July 1 at a drug rehabilitation center in Irapuato, Mexico. (Mario Armas / Associated Press)
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Patrick J. McDonnell,LA TimesAugust 2, 2020

Word spread quickly here after gunfire erupted at a neighborhood drug rehab center.

Natalia Acosta Medina bolted from her patio, sprinted through the muddy streets and climbed the stairs of the two-story facility.

More than two dozen blood-spattered men lay face-down, some with heads split open, others groaning in agony.

“I turned over the bodies one by one and looked at their faces,” Acosta recalled. “But I never found my son.”

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Natalia Acosta Medina holds a photo of her slain son, Marco Antonio Castillo Medina. <span class="copyright">(Cecilia Sanchez / For The Times)</span>
Natalia Acosta Medina holds a photo of her slain son, Marco Antonio Castillo Medina. (Cecilia Sanchez / For The Times)
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This drug rehabilitation center in Irapuato, Mexico, was attacked July 1. <span class="copyright">(Eduardo Verdugo / Associated Press)</span>
This drug rehabilitation center in Irapuato, Mexico, was attacked July 1. (Eduardo Verdugo / Associated Press)
Forensic service personnel prepare to enter the drug rehabilitation center in Irapuato after the massacre. <span class="copyright">(Mario Armas / Associated Press)</span>
Forensic service personnel prepare to enter the drug rehabilitation center in Irapuato after the massacre. (Mario Armas / Associated Press)
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Rosa Alba Santoya Soria in her home in Irapuato. Three of her sons were killed in the attack on the drug rehab center. <span class="copyright">(Cecilia Sanchez / For The Times)</span>
Rosa Alba Santoya Soria in her home in Irapuato. Three of her sons were killed in the attack on the drug rehab center. (Cecilia Sanchez / For The Times)
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Rosa Alba Santoyo Soria is comforted by a friend. <span class="copyright">(Eduardo Verdugo / Associated Press)</span>
Rosa Alba Santoyo Soria is comforted by a friend. (Eduardo Verdugo / Associated Press)
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