Monday, August 4, 2014

México: Political Figures, Journalists, Judges Have a Very Limited Shelf-Life

According to EFE, the Mayor Manuel Gómez Torres of Ayutla (population:12,500), in the western state of Jalisco, and his bodyguard, José de Jesús Hernández, were both shot and killed on Torres' ranch known as "La Mesa," on Sunday (August 3) by unknown assassins.

The shooting occurred some 110 kilometers (68 miles) from Guadalajara, the state capital.

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It is believed that the attack could be the work of an organized crime group, although the Jalisco State Attorney General’s office has not yet given any details of the circumstances nor the motive behind the shooting.

Last June 2013, the deputy police chief of the municipality, Juan Ramon Ramirez, was found dead with two gunshot wounds.

Torres is the second mayor killed this year in México, after Gustavo Garibay of Tanhuato, who was shot last March 2013 as he he was leaving his home.

After that attack, the Association of Local Authorities in México requested an investigation into the deaths of more than 50 local officials which have gone unsolved in the last seven years.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.