In 2011, the Zetas cartel, seeking revenge against members believed to be informants, rampaged through Allende and neighboring towns, killing dozens, and possibly hundreds. For this stricken community, the Day of the Dead holiday, when Mexicans honor their ancestors, has taken on extra poignancy.
This photo was originally published in “How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico,” in July 2017.
PHOTOGRAPH BY KIRSTEN LUCE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC