3 Found murdered in Mexican resort city

Mexico City, Apr 25 (EFE).- Three people were found shot to death on the outskirts of the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, a Mexican official told Efe.

The victims, who were discovered in the wee hours of Thursday in the Palma Sola neighborhood, have yet to be identified.

Police collected around 45 shell casings at the scene, a source in the Guerrero state Attorney General's Office said.

The bodies were taken to the medical examiner's office in Acapulco, a one-time major international tourist destination that has lost its luster due in part to organized crime-related violence.

Guerrero registered 77 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2012, Mexico's National Institute of Statistics and Geography said in a report issued last July.

The state government, with support from federal authorities, launched an operation in 2011 to bolster security in areas frequented by tourists.