In Mexico, Cajeme’s mayoral candidate, Abel Murrieta, died this Thursday after suffering an attack against him, according to the Sonora Prosecutor’s Office.
According to the first versions, MC’s candidate for Mayor of Cajeme was shot by several people when he was at a campaign event near Plaza Tutuli.
Witnesses revealed that the attack took place shortly before 5:00 p.m. this Thursday between California and Guerrero streets.
The local media published that the candidate and former attorney general of Sonora in between 1991 and 1991 received at least 10 bullet wounds in the chest and head.
Despite being aided at the site of the attack by paramedics, the mayoral candidate did not survive.
“The Sonora Prosecutor’s Office carries out an operation to find those responsible for the cowardly attack in which Abel Murrieta Gutiérrez, former Attorney General of Sonora, was deprived of his life,” wrote the Prosecutor’s Office on Twitter.
The governor of Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich, regretted the fact. “I express my strongest condemnation of the attack that killed candidate Abel Murrieta, I report that we are working in collaboration with the State Attorney General’s Office to find those responsible,” he wrote on Twitter.
At the moment, more details related to the incident are unknown.
Murrieta, who was the attorney for the state of Sonora between 2004 and 2012, was also a representative of the LeBarón family in the case of the murder of 9 members of that family in Bavispe, Sonora, in November 2019.
The murder of candidate Abel Murrieta was condemned by federal and local politicians. The Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero, said that she will be pending the investigations.
Condeno el lamentable y cobarde asesinato del candidato Abel Murrieta en Cajeme, Sonora. Estaré pendiente de las investigaciones correspondientes para castigar a los responsables, la seguridad en la democracia debe prevalecer. Mi sentido pésame a la familia y allegados.
— Olga Sánchez Cordero (@M_OlgaSCordero) May 14, 2021
“I express my strongest condemnation of the attack that killed candidate Abel Murrieta, I report that we are working in collaboration with the State Attorney General’s Office to find those responsible,” Governor Claudia Pavlovich stated on Twitter.
Expreso mi más enérgica condena al atentado que cobró la vida al candidato Abel Murrieta, informo que mantenemos trabajo de colaboración con la Fiscalía General de Justicia del Estado para que se dé con los responsables.
— Claudia Pavlovich A. (@ClaudiaPavlovic) May 14, 2021
Alfonso Durazo, former Secretary of Security and Morena’s candidate for the Government of Sonora, demanded that the case not go unpunished.
Lamento profundamente el artero atentado en contra del ex procurador Abel Murrieta y candidato a la alcaldía de Cajeme esta tarde. Este hecho debe esclarecerse y no quedar impune. 1/2
— Alfonso Durazo (@AlfonsoDurazo) May 14, 2021
For his part, activist Adrián LeBarón, who received legal advice from Abel Murrieta, spoke sarcastically about the lawyer’s support in the case of the massacre of his family.
“They killed my lawyer Abel Murrieta. The one who has helped me so much to link the murderers of Rhonita and my family to the process. ‘And now who will be able to defend us,’ “he wrote in networks.
CAJEME: WORLDWIDE VIOLENCE
Ciudad Obregón, the municipal seat of Cajeme, has been ranked as the fourth most violent city in the world, according to data from the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice.
In the “2020 Ranking of the 50 Most Violent Cities in the World”, presented in April, the organization warned that of the 10 most violent cities in the world, seven are Mexican: Celaya in the first place, Tijuana in the second, Ciudad Juárez in the third, Ciudad Obregón in the fourth, Irapuato in the fifth, Ensenada in the sixth and Uruapan in the eighth.
Obregón registered around 450 homicides during 2020 alone, according to a count made by the local press and cited by the daily Proyecto Puente.