Mexico Drug War: Mexico City An Unlikely Draw For Those Fleeing Violence

03/27/2011 12:30 am ET | Updated May 26, 2011
  • Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times latimes.com

When the highway shootouts and roadblocks by gunmen in her hometown finally became too much, Karla Garza found sanctuary in the unlikeliest of places: the big, bad capital, Mexico City.

Garza, a 21-year-old marketing student, switched campuses in December after her parents decided that even with its rampant robberies and kidnappings, Mexico City was safer than their home in Monterrey, a once-quiet northern city that for months has served as a battlefield for warring drug gangs.

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