Little by little, the city became a warren for criminal industries, a battleground that devastated the city's civic balance. The police became accomplices, and young delinquents began executing targets at all hours of the day. The horror show in Rosario, and the broader surrounding province of Santa Fe, included everything from threats to judges, and prosecutors, to even a shootout at the end of last year at the governor's residence, which was attacked with more than a dozen bullets.
Over the last years, the city has grown, and so has its vocabulary. New words have become frequent amongst the residents of Rosario — words such as bunker and hitman.
'The local government used the Canteros as though they were the paradigm of evil.'
Seven months prior to Pájaro Cantero's death, there was another death that shook Rosario's gangster scene: the shooting of Martín "Fantasma" Paz, who died on September 8, 2012. Paz was Claudio Cantero's brother-in-law. He was fatally shot several times as he drove through town with his wife and son.