Reported by Jude Webber, filmed and edited by Cinthya Chávez, produced by Joe Sinclair
Another day in Acapulco, another police patrol. These poor neighbourhoods are some of the most dangerous in Mexico, the country where last year the murder rate hit an all-time high, 29,159. Two months ago, four bodies were dumped and burned on this street. The police are deployed around the city to reassure, but it's a hard sell.
Buses and taxis had recently been refusing to go into the back streets, schools are also under siege.
Acapulco's seafront used to be glamorous and buzzing, but now the bars are often empty and fewer visitors are venturing onto the beach.
In Mexico, it's no longer just the big drug cartels dishing out the violence. Smaller gangs battle over drug territory and extort local businesses. Shopkeepers are on the front line and many prefer to close down rather than pay up. This taco seller was too scared to show his face on camera.
The threats can be terrifying, a calling card under the door or face to face with gang members. And sometimes rival gangs will shake down the same victim. Despite police and army patrols, the killing continues. This young man has just been shot in the head in a market in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Acapulco. Two young children were also injured.
Despite the presence of security forces, barely a day goes by without at least one murder here. There's a supermarket up here and the shoppers are coming by. They're curious to see what's happened, but not surprised. Life goes on. So does the violence.
It's a grisly routine, a dark stain for the country, the city, and the people here who have learned to live with it. Jude Webber, Financial Times, Acapulco.