Crime and Violence

Oaxaca mayor kills one man and critically injures another

The mayor of San Pedro Totolapan, Oaxaca, Gerardo Jarquín Díaz, killed a man and wounded another after they mocked him for the defeat suffered by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional—PRI), in the elections this 4th of July.  The first victim, Fructuoso Méndez Lucero, was shot three times and died at the scene, while the second, Cruz Rangel López, was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition. A report by the State Attorney General’s Office (Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado) states that the confrontation occurred in an area known as “El Llano,” on Tuesday night.

According to PEP, after committing the crime Jarquín Diaz took refuge in the town hall, where he was rescued by elements of the Army fearing he would be lynched by the townspeople who gathered at the site with the purpose of detaining the mayor. He was then handed over to the Attorney General’s Office. During the early hours of Wednesday gunmen shot at Jarquín’s home causing his wife and children to be taken out of the municipal by relatives. Jarquín is currently under detention.

“Mexican Mayor Kills Man Over Political Taunt.” Latin America Herald Tribune. 8 July, 2010.
La Jornada de Oriente. “Alcalde mata a un perredista y hiere a otro por burlarse de la caída electoral del PRI”. La Jornada. 8 Julio, 2010.
E-consulta.“Mata Edil de Totolapan a 1 perredista por burlarse de derrota del PRI.” E-consulta. 8 Julio, 2010.
Puente Libre.“Se burla perredista del PRI en Oaxaca, y edil municipal lo mata.” Puente Libre. 8 Julio, 2010.

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