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Mexican police killed cartel druglord Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, of the brutal “La Familia Michoacana”.

Mexico Drug War

MEXICO CITY – The eccentric leader of the brutal La Familia drug cartel was killed in a shootout during two days of fighting between federal police and gunmen that terrified civilians across a western Mexican state, the government said Friday.

The death of Nazario Moreno Gonzalez — nicknamed “The Craziest One” — is a major blow to a drug cartel that rose to national prominence four years ago by rolling severed heads into a nightclub and declaring that its mission was to protect Michoacan state from rival gangs and petty criminals.

Police believed that the 40-year-old Gonzalez — also known as “El Chayo” or “The Doctor” — was killed in a clash Thursday between cartel gunmen and federal police, said Alejandro Poire, the government spokesman for security issues.

In a brief statement, the office of President Felipe Calderon confirmed Moreno’s death but said his body has not been recovered.

Cartel gunmen have been fleeing with their causalities, Poire said. Police recovered the bodies of three other suspected La Familia members and detained three others.

Five officers and three civilians — including an 8-month-old baby and a teenage girl — were also killed in the shootouts, which began Wednesday night, when La Familia gunmen attacked federal officers in Moreno’s home city of Apatzingan and fired on cars.

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