Mexican Mayor Killed Within Hours Of Taking Office
The mayor of a Mexican city has been killed while on his way to his first meeting in office.
According to reports, Alejandro Aparicio Santiago was making his way to City Hall after taking office in Tlaxiaco, when he was attacked by a group of men.
In a statement, the state prosecutor's office said he had just been sworn in when an unknown number of gunmen opened fire. He was taken to a hospital, but sadly died there later on.
Four other people were also injured during the attack.
They wrote on Twitter: "Que en paz descanse" - which translates in English to 'rest in peace'.
Mr Aparicio was a member of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), which is the party of newly-elected President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The Oaxaca branch of the party shared their condolences and demanded action.
The tweet said: "We deeply regret the death of our friend and friend Alejandro Aparicio Santiago, Municipal President of the Heroic City of Tlaxiaco. We demand that the authorities act and punish those responsible. Our condolences to your family and friends."
Following the tragic incident, Gov. Alejandro Murathas promised to carry out a thorough investigation into the circumstances of his death and confirmed that a suspect had already been taken into custody.
Condeno enérgicamente el ataque contra el Presidente Municipal de Tlaxiaco. Solicité una exhaustiva investigación al Fiscal General y éste me informa que ya tiene detenido al probable autor del homicidio. Expreso mi pésame a los familiares y al pueblo de Tlaxiaco.
- Alejandro Murat (@alejandromurat) January 1, 2019
He wrote on Twitter: "I strongly condemn the attack on the Municipal President of Tlaxiaco. I requested an exhaustive investigation from the Attorney General and he informs me that he has already arrested the probable perpetrator of the homicide. I express my condolences to the relatives and the people of Tlaxiaco."
This is not the first time a public official has been killed in Mexico, and according to reports it can be an extremely dangerous career.
Consultancy firm Etellekt states that between September 2017 and August 2018, some 175 politicians were killed.
Lamentamos profundamente el fallecimiento de nuestro compañero y amigo Alejandro Aparicio Santiago, Presidente Municipal de la Heroica Ciudad de Tlaxiaco. Exigimos a las autoridades que actúen y castiguen a los responsables.
Nuestras condolencias a sus familiares y amigos. pic.twitter.com/mo1b9HbJV4
- Morena_Oaxaca (@CEEMorenaOaxaca) January 1, 2019
NPR reported that last year more than 33,000 people were killed in Mexico, and things have become so bad that morgues have been overflowing; unable to keep up with the demand for space, at times bodies had to be stored in refrigerated trailers, which even led to residents complaining about the smell.
A local resident named María del Rosillo Limón Maldonado said the entire area smelled of death.
She said: "The smell penetrates you, totally envelops you."
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