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This Horrific Photo Is Prompting A New Discussion Of Violence In Mexico

"Do you remember the Syrian boy? ... Well, this is what’s happening in Mexico." WARNING: This post contains extremely graphic images.

Posted on February 1, 2016, at 3:12 p.m. ET

Over the last few years, growing violence in Mexico has taken over everyday life across the country.

Alfredo Estrella / AFP / Getty Images

That fact was driven home on Friday night, when an entire family was murdered in the town of Pinotepa Nacional, on the coast of Oaxaca.

The victims, identified as Juan Alberto Pano Ramos, 24, Alba Isabel Colón, 17, and their 7-month-old child, were leaving a store when they were gunned down. The attackers remain free and their identity is unknown.

The Facebook account Solo Acapulco published an image of the child accompanied by this caption:

Facebook: solo.acapulco.9

“DO YOU REMEMBER THE SYRIAN BOY? Remember being outraged, and changing your profile picture on Facebook? Well, this is happening in Mexico, in Pinotepa Oaxaca to be precise, where DRUG TRAFFICKING KILLED THIS FAMILY INCLUDING THEIR TINY 7-MONTH-OLD ANGEL”

The image has been shared more than 49,000 times on Facebook alone.

And the comparison has started a debate on social networks.

Twitter: @jes_yosoy

“And where is the outrage for Pinotepa Nacional? It appears that we Mexicans have more compassion for others than we do for our own citizens.”

Some have adapted the image to show the Mexican flag over this heartbreaking photo.

Twitter: @jes_yosoy

We stand in solidarity and join the mourning of so many Mexicans, and now one more #PinotepaNacional #massacre

Others have questioned the apparent moral double-standard of Mexican officials: People accuse those officials of appearing indifferent when confronted with this situation at home, when they joined in mourning deaths halfway around the world.

Twitter: @economiahoy2012

@EPN @GabinoCue @hola_atizapan protest the attacks in Paris I don’t see any statement about #PinotepaNacional

And the fact that violence has become a fact of life that many people choose to ignore.

Twitter: @IrvingMor

The Mexico that the majority refuses to see. #PinotepaNacional

The photo continues to circulate around the world, drawing attention to the actual situation in Mexico, where it’s estimated that more than 50 people are killed each day.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.