Tourists in Mexico discover body on Acapulco beach


Beachgoers taking in the sun at a Mexican vacation spot were shocked by the sight of a corpse washing ashore Sunday.

The body was floating in the waters near Acapulco at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday as tourists looked on from under the shade of canopies.

Images posted to Facebook by police in the Guerrero state showed first responders clad in assault gear combing rocks around the chair-lined shore of Caletilla Beach.

A 33-year-old suspect identified as “José Luis,” who had a .22-caliber gun on him, was later arrested for shooting the unnamed victim, cops said in the Facebook post.

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Soldiers and forensics carry the body of a man after a shooting on a beach of the tourist destination in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Javier Verdin
Tourist and residents look at a body of a man after a shooting on a beach of the tourist destination in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Javier Verdin
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Forensic personnel and Mexican soldiers carry the corpse of a murdered man, who was found in Caletilla Beach, Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico on April 15, 2018. Guerrero, home to popular beach destinations such as Acapulco, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, is also one of the poorest states in the country and one of the hardest hit by organized crime violence. / AFP PHOTO / Francisco Robles (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO ROBLES/AFP/Getty Images)
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Police officers take picture of the body of a man after a shooting on a beach of the tourist destination in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Javier Verdin TEMPLATE OUT
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Soldiers stand near a body of a man after a shooting on a beach of the tourist destination in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Javier Verdin TEMPLATE OUT
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Tourist and residents look at a body of a man after a shooting on a beach of the tourist destination in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Javier Verdin TEMPLATE OUT
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH A soldier looks at a body of a man after a shooting on a beach of the tourist destination in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Javier Verdin TEMPLATE OUT
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Prosecutor's office personnel and forensic experts work in the area where the corpse of a murdered man was found in Caletilla Beach, Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico on April 15, 2018. Guerrero, home to popular beach destinations such as Acapulco, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, is also one of the poorest states in the country and one of the hardest hit by organized crime violence. / AFP PHOTO / Francisco Robles / GRAPHIC CONTENT (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO ROBLES/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / The corpse of a murdered man lies by the shore of a touristic area in Caletilla Beach, Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico on April 15, 2018. Guerrero, home to popular beach destinations such as Acapulco, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, is also one of the poorest states in the country and one of the hardest hit by organized crime violence. / AFP PHOTO / Francisco Robles / GRAPHIC CONTENT (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO ROBLES/AFP/Getty Images)
A vendor is seen near a crime scene after a shooting on a beach of the tourist destination in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Javier Verdin
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The suspect told police both he and the victim were fishermen who’d been fighting over a drug deal, authorities said.

He claimed to have shot him near the resort when the scuffle got heated, cops said in the post.

The killing is just the latest in a spike in drug-related killings in Mexico, particularly in the once tourist-heavy Acapulco.

The tense situation has ballooned the murder rate in the region, Reuters noted. Mexico reported more than 29,168 murders in 2017, which was the highest since the government started keeping records 20 years earlier.

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TOPSHOT - A grandson of Mexican journalist Carlos Dominguez Rodriguez -murdered on January 13 in the state of Tamaulipas- mourns over his coffin during the funeral at the cemetery in the community of Nuxco in the municipality of Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero state, Mexico on January 17, 2018. Dominguez, who became the first journalist killed in Mexico in 2018, had been working in the local newspaper 'Diario de Nuevo Laredo' until a couple of months ago. Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism, with more than 200 journalists killed since 2000. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO ROBLES (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO ROBLES/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of Mexican journalist Carlos Dominguez Rodriguez -murdered on January 13 in the state of Tamaulipas- carry his coffin upon arrival at the cemetery in the community of Nuxco in the municipality of Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero state, Mexico on January 17, 2018. Dominguez, who became the first journalist killed in Mexico in 2018, had been working in the local newspaper 'Diario de Nuevo Laredo' until a couple of months ago. Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism, with more than 200 journalists killed since 2000. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO ROBLES (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO ROBLES/AFP/Getty Images)
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Forensic technicians work at a crime scene where three men were gunned down by unknown assailants, according to local media, in the municipality of Tlaquepaque, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Fernando Carranza TEMPLATE OUT
Money packages are detected by Mexican Navy Gamma-ray equipment in a passenger bus at a checkpoint on the road between Reynosa and San Fernando, in Tamaulipas state, in this undated handout photo released by SEMAR Mexico's Navy on January 9, 2018. SEMAR Mexico's Navy/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
A forensic technician stands next to her vehicle as policemen work at a crime scene where unknown assailants gunned down people at a garage in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Relatives stand next to the coffin of slain lawmaker Saul Galindo of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) during a mass in Guadalajara, Mexico December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Fernando Carranza
Relatives of slain persons react at a crime scene where their loved ones were gunned down by unknown assailants at a garage in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Relatives hold posters with images of some of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa College Raul Isidro Burgos students during a march to mark the 38th month since their disappearance in the state of Guerrero, in Mexico City, Mexico November 26, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero
State policemen patrol near a tire shop, which according to local media is the crime scene of a quadruple homicide, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Relatives of a victim react outside a tire shop, which according to local media is the crime scene of a quadruple homicide, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Relatives of missing women react next to wooden crosses at El Navajo creek, where the bodies of several women were found, during a ceremony to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Praxedis G. Guerrero, on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
People react near at a crime scene where a man lies dead after being killed by unknown assailants outside a building in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Guerrero policemen are seen during the arrest of a member of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC) after a series of clashes that left at least 11 people dead at La Concepcion village, Acapulco municipality, in Guerrero state, Mexico, on January 7, 2018. At least 11 people were killed and 30 arrested during armed clashes among civilians, community guards and police in a rural area of Acapulco, in southern Mexico, the Guerrero government confirmed. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO ROBLES (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO ROBLES/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of police forces and investigators guard a crime scene where six people were machine-gunned by unknown men at a business in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state on December 6, 2017. Since 2006, the wave of violence linked to drug trafficking has left more than 196,000 dead and 30,000 missing in Mexico, according to official figures that do not specify how many of these victims are related to organized crime. / AFP PHOTO / HERIKA MARTINEZ (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand guard as they carry out inspections at a checkpoint after 13 people were killed in battles between rival gangs in two states in central and western Mexico, in Uruapan, in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Alan Ortega
Mirna Medina, founder of "Rastreadoras de El Fuerte" a group that searches for missing persons, excavates with other members at a site where they found the skeletal remains of her son Roberto Corrales Medina, in Ocolome village, El Fuerte, Sinaloa state, Mexico, August 26, 2017. The remains of Corrales were discovered by "Rastreadoras de El Fuerte" on July 14, 2017 and delivered to forensic authorities which confirmed the identity this weekend, according to local media. Picture taken August 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jesus Bustamante
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Two people died — including a gunman who had a heart attack amid a firefight with police — during an Acapulco car robbery on March 30, Reuters reported.

The shooting occurred on Good Friday — a Roman Catholic holy day ahead of Easter — and spooked dozens of people reenacting the crucifixion of Christ.

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