"The rebels returned and took Durango on June the eighteenth and he was led from the cárcel and he stood in the street while the sounds of gunfire echoed from the outskirts where the routed federal soldiers were being hunted down and shot"
Tomás Urbina
Public DomainTomás Urbina - Credit: Bain News Service

Durango fell to the rebels on June 18th, 1913, when a coalition of 8,000 revolutionary troops under the command of Tomas Urbina stormed and sacked the city.

Although allied with Villa’s División del Norte, Urbina was the leader of an army in his own right, and the taking of Durango was followed by the widescale murder and pillage which characterised his command.  Urbina had ridden with Villa during his bandit days, and essentially remained a bandit throughout the Revolution, motivated more by financial gain than by any revolutionary ideals.

Increasingly implicated in plundering and the execution of real and imaginary enemies, Villa eventually gave in to pressure from the other revolutionary leaders of the north and ordered the execution of his former friend in 1915.