Mexican YouTuber “El Pirata de Culiacán” Shot Dead After Insulting Drug Lord

The body of Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales was found Monday, riddled with bullets.

Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales

Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales “El Pirata de Culiacán” /Instagram

Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales, aka “El Pirata de Culiacán” (“the pirate of Culiacán”) was having a drink Monday with his friends in a bar when he was shot by a group of armed men. Between fifteen and eighteen bullets were found in his body, according to The Independent. Even though the police have not yet formally identified the murderers of the youtuber, a star in Mexico, suspicions weigh on a cartel named El Mencho. “The pirate” had insulted one of the leaders of the gang in a video.

Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales was not just a YouTube star: he also had a million Facebook subscribers, and more than 300,000 on Instagram. His accounts have since been deleted. He became popular by posting videos of his “binge-drinking” stunts, a practice that consists of gulping down bottles of alcohol in a few moments. 

Even though alcohol is theoretically forbidden in Mexico before the age of 18, the one nicknamed “El Pirata de Culiacán” was only 17 years old. He lived in Sinaloa, a state of Mexico known to be particularly dangerous. 

In one of his videos, he recently insulted Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known under the name of “El Mencho”, a drug lord reputed to be one of the most violent of the country. He is the leader of a cartel named the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación. And, according to locals, “the last person you would like to offend.”

This reputation did not seem to scare Juan who publicly stated on his channel that “El Mencho can suck his d***k”. The teenager was killed a few days later. For now, the local police have not been able to establish with certainty the connection between the cartel and the assassination.

If that were true, the youtubeur would be far from being an isolated victim. Since 2006, the year that the government had started its war against the drug cartels, more than 100,000 people have been killed in Mexico, crimes attributed to drug traffickers

Paige Driessen

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