A woman and child walk past a mural that dominates a city street in Juarez.

Residents walk past a poster seeking the whereabouts of a missing man. Hundreds of such flyers dot the city.

A handful of residents stop at a nearly deserted city park. Many avoid public places because of ongoing violence.

A memorial to police officers strikes a somber tone in a city defined by violence. The cartels have used the site to publicly take credit for killings and post hit lists.

Women have been particular targets of violence in recent years. This poster asks for information about one missing woman.

Pink crosses erected outside of government building serve as a memorial and a demand for justice for the more than 400 missing or murdered women in Juarez. The violence toward women has become known as Los Feminicidios, or the femicides.

A man reads the newspaper in front of a memorial to the hundreds of women who are missing or who have been murdered in Juarez.

A car loaded with party supplies navigates a city street. A disparity of wealth is in full display, thanks to the city’s proximity to the United States.

Federal police have poured into the city to try to check the violence.

A federal police officer speaks to a driver at a police checkpoint.

An officer stands at ready with his weapon.

A federal police officer waits at a police checkpoint.

A pick-up truck displays the sticker “Amor P. Juarez.” The stickers, which are a common sight throughout the city, are part of a campaign to boost public morale.

Police parade three young men arrested on suspicion of carjacking in front of the media. The youngest, in the middle, was told to turn away from the cameras since he is not yet 18.

One of a trio of young men arrested for carjacking displays the weapon allegedly used in the crime.

Many residents avoid leaving their homes at night, when most murders take place. Often cartel hit men will time their killings hoping to make the evening news.

A woman pushes a stroller across an otherwise deserted street at night.

A man stands outside a shop where headstones are carved for the newly dead.

The son of the headstone carver sits with the family dogs inside the family’s shop.

A headstone carver uses a stencil as he prepares a memorial.

A grinder sits ready to be used on a slab of stone that will be turned into a memorial.

A cat scurries past a painting of the Angel of Death outside the Santa Muerte church in Juarez. The saint is said to be the one that comes to take the bodies to the next life.

A young mother sells images of death at the Santa Muerte church in Juarez.

Santa Muerte, which means Saint Death or Holy Death, is an object of veneration in Mexico. The skeletal figure, usually clad in a long robe and carrying a scythe and a globe, is discouraged by the Catholic Church but is popular among Mexico’s poor.

A baby lies in a casket prior to a funeral service at the La Paz Funeral Home.

An employee of La Paz Funeral Home stands amongst caskets that are for sale.

Flyers advertise funeral services of La Paz Funeral Home.

Panteon Municipal, or Municipal Cemetery, one of Juarez’s oldest cemeteries, overlooks the city.

A new grave at the Panteon Municipal cemetery.

Gravesites are often caged and locked to prevent vandalism and theft.

A mother and son look down on a rubble of headstones, tires and garbage.

A car riddled with bullet holes remains at the scene of the murder of Josue Reyes Castro. Castro’s family says he was mistakenly killed by cartel members who were looking for a rival gang member.

Blood stains a tree stump at the site where Josue Reyes Castro was killed.

Family members comfort each other outside the house where Josue Reyes Castro was shot and killed the night before. The family called a press conference to bring attention to the murder and protest the lack of response by the police, who they said did not appear at the scene until long after Castro had died.

Reporters crowd around the father of murder victim Josue Reyes Castro during a press conference outside the house where Castro was killed.

Relatives of a murder victim Josue Reyes Castro stand together during a press conference.

An inmate and member of the Pure Mexican Race gang shows off his tattoos in a Juarez prison yard.

A member of the Pure Mexican Race gang flashes gang signs inside a Juarez prison.

A gang member hides his head while displaying his tattoos. Inmates are segregated by gang affiliation to reduce violence.

An officer announces the arrest of several suspected cartel members. The individuals taken into custody possessed guns, money and drugs.

A family of six waits for a bus that will take them out of Juarez.