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At least 4 people shot, killed in Mexican resort of Acapulco

Federal police investigators take notes by the body of a man shot in broad daylight on the asphalt of a central avenue in Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. At least four people were shot in Acapulco Sunday, as Mexico recently recorded its highest monthly murder total in at least 20 years. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)

Federal police investigators take notes by the body of a man shot in broad daylight on the asphalt of a central avenue in Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. At least four people were shot in Acapulco Sunday, as Mexico recently recorded its highest monthly murder total in at least 20 years. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)

ACAPULCO, Mexico — At least four people have been shot and killed in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, which has become a hotspot in Mexico's rising drug violence.

An Associated Press journalist saw the four bodies, including a man who lay on a central avenue in Acapulco in broad daylight Sunday with a pink towel over his face. Pedestrians watched from a footbridge as police secured the scene.

The deaths came as Mexico's violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data. For the first six months of 2017, authorities nationwide recorded 12,155 homicide investigations, or 31 per cent more than the 9,300 during the same period last year.

The once-glamorous resort of Acapulco has struggled with surging violence.

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