Mexico: number of homicides by cause of death 2018

In 2018, 35,964 people were murdered in Mexico. The most common cause of death was being shot with unspecified firearms or other weapons, type of aggression that claimed 24,349 victims. Over four thousand people were killed by using a cutting object, whereas 734 died as a result of being shot with a handgun.

Number of homicides in Mexico in 2018, by cause of death

Number of victims
Shot with other firearms or unspecified weapons24,349
Aggression with a cutting object4,022
Aggression by other unspecified means3,432
Aggression by hanging, strangulation or suffocation2,383
Shot with handgun734
Aggression with blunt object318
Aggression with smoke or fire231
Shot with rifle, shotgun or long firearm144
Aggression with bodily force98
Aggression by drowning or submersion86
Pushed from an elevated position32
Aggression by other specified means31
Aggression by collision of motor vehicle28
Negligence or abandonment19
Aggression with other unspecified harmful chemicals or substances15
Aggression with gases and vapours12
Other types of abuse12
Aggression with pesticides5
Aggression with drugs, medicines and biological substances5
Aggression with other specified harmful chemicals or substances2
Aggression with corrosive substance2
Aggression with explosive material2
Pushed or placed in front of a moving object or vehicle2
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July 2019



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Preliminary figures as of July 15, 2019

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