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Drug related killings on the rise in Acapulco

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A Mexican soldier stands guard at the site of a suspected drug execution on Feb. 29 in Acapulco. Drug violence surged in the coastal resort last year, making Acapulco the second most deadly city in Mexico after Juarez.

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Family members grieve at the site of a triple execution in Acapulco. One of the country's top tourist destinations, Acapulco has suffered a drop in business, especially from foreign tourists.

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A marijuana themed belt adorns the victim of an apparent drug-related execution in Acapulco on Feb. 29.

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Mexican army soldiers patrol near the beach on Feb. 29 in Acapulco.

Acapulco has suffered from a surge in drug-related killings, which nearly tripled last year, making the resort one of the most violent cities in the world in 2011. The slayings have scared tourists away, and prompted President Felipe Calderon to send hundreds of extra police and soldiers into Acapulco to establish order.

Acapulco is one of Mexico's top tourist destinations, but has suffered a drop in business, especially from foreign tourists, due to drug violence in the last year. Toursim accounts for some 9 percent of Mexico's economy and about 70 percent of the output of Acapulco's state of Guerrero.

-- Reuters contributed to this blog post

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A bar advertisement beckons tourists on the beach in Acapulco. One of Mexico's top tourist destinations, Acapulco has suffered a drop in business, especially from foreign tourists, due to drug violence in the last year.

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A lone person walks along the beach before sunrise on Feb. 29 in Acapulco.