There was a time when death made sense in Juárez. You died because you had a drug load or because you lost a drug load. You died because you tried to do a deal or because you were a snitch, or because you were a poor woman and it was dark and someone thought it might be fun to rape and kill you.
You could read the whole piece here. Bowden wrote a book titled Down by the River, about a notorious murder in El Paso wherein he catches all the opacity and ambiguity of the society of El Paso-Cd. Juárez.