Sunday, March 10, 2013

México: New Tourism Minister in Jalisco Shot, Killed, Likely Targeted Because of Business Connections

According to Reuters, the newly appointed minister of tourism in the state of Jalisco  (one of México's largest states) was shot and killed on Saturday afternoon (March 9) in an upscale neighborhood of Guadalajara.
José de Jesús Gallegos, tourism minister for Jalisco was stopped by unidentified gunmen in his vehicle and shot and killed, according to the state interior minister Arturo Zamora.

COMMENT: Surprisingly, Gallegos had been in office only a week. Zamora said the initial investigation suggests that the shooting was related to Gallegos' business activities and had nothing to do with his posting as tourism minister.

It is very strange that someone as prominent as Gallegos did not have armed escorts, particularly considering his stature and visibility in Jalisco. 

Gallegos was the founder of Jegal Project and Construction Management, which developed expensive resorts and luxury towers across México, according to the company's website.

Guadalajara has seen deepening violence since the government killed drug boss Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel in 2010, in the same neighborhood of mansions where Gallegos killed in.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.