A man attends the wake of vigilante group leader Miguel Angel Jimenez Blanco in Xaltianguis, Guerrero State, Mexico, on August 9, 2015. The corpse of Jimenez, who was set about the task of searching the 43 students who went missing past September, was found in a taxi Saturday in Guerrero state.   AFP PHOTO / Pedro PARDO        (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

The murders of three people in two separate incidences in Iguala on Monday underscore the need to address the wave of violence in the southwestern Mexico state of Guerrero. The killings, which occurred within 24 hours of each other, are the latest in a string of murders—25 in the past 44 days, in a city of just 110,000 people.

Police responded to calls regarding gunfire in the north of the city around 3 a.m. and found the bodies of an as-yet-unidentified man, 25, and a woman, 22, laying in the street with fatal gunshot wounds to the head. Just after 9 p.m., police were called to another house three miles west of the first shootings. Two gunmen had entered the home and executed Alexis Pereira de Jesus, 18, in front of family members, shooting him three times in the head before fleeing.

The killings are part of a spate of murders in the state of Guerrero. Iguala, one of the state’s biggest cities, is where 43 students from nearby Ayotzinapa were violently kidnapped on September 26, 2014. The students’ whereabouts are still unknown, and the incident shed light on the problems endemic to the region—with 129 other bodies being discovered in 60 graves during the Ayotzinapa investigation.

There were 943 reported homicides throughout the state in the first half of this year, according to El Universal, which cited a federal report. If the trend continues, the body count will surpass 2014’s murder toll of 1,514.

Fifteen people were murdered this weekend, including community activist Miguel Angel Jimenez Blanco, 46, who was found shot in his taxi near his home in Xaltianguis, just north of Acapulco. Jimenez was a member of the community police force UPOEG, and played a pivotal role in leading volunteer groups to search for the missing students.

Ten of the weekend murders took place in Acapulco, Guerrero’s largest city. The reputation of the once-storied resort town, which has a permanent population of just under 800,000, took a dive in the early 2000s as drug-related violence began to escalate and tourism numbers started to plummet. There were 404 recorded homicides in the city in the first half of 2015, a 44 percent increase from the same period in 2014—making it the bloodiest period since 2012, which saw 524 killings between January and June.

A report released earlier this year ranked Acapulco the third most dangerous city in the world, behind San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Caracas, Venezuela.