Seven blindfolded murder victims sit in a line of white plastic chairs — on a city centre traffic island.
The horror confronted drivers in crime-ridden Mexico, where drug gangs now enforce their own brand of vigilante law.
Heads swathed in bloodied bandages, the victims were all executed with a bullet to the skull. Notices nailed to the corpses with ice picks read: “Warning: The same is going to happen to all muggers, car thieves and burglars as well as kidnappers, rapists and blackmailers.”
But the victims’ “crimes” were thought to have been begging — and washing car windscreens at traffic lights.
Cops who found bullet casings on the roundabout in the city of Urupan identified one of those slaughtered as Cesar Basilio Ornelas. He was 17.
The massacre was feared to be the latest by a gang of enforcers called the Knights Templar.
Boss “El Gasca” — real name Juan Gabriel Orozco — was arrested by the Mexican army in 2011 and paraded to the Press.