MEXICO CITY – A candidate for mayor of the western Mexican town of Ocampo was slain on Thursday, bringing the number of office seekers, party officials, and other political activists slain nationwide ahead of the July 1 elections to more than 120.
Fernando Angeles Juarez was gunned down at his home less than 24 hours after another mayoral hopeful in the same state, Michoacan, was killed in Aguililla.
“I have instructed the Attorney General’s Office to launch an investigation regarding this morning’s regrettable murder of Fernando Angeles Juarez, candidate for mayor of Ocampo,” Michoacan Gov. Silvano Aureoles said via Twitter.
According to reports from media outlets in the state, Angeles Juarez died at around 8 am after three armed men dressed in military garb entered his home and shot him, just as he was preparing to go to a campaign event.
The candidate lived in a house located in a residential complex that also includes a hotel.
Officers from various police agencies have been assigned to the scene of the crime, the press accounts said.
The death of Angeles Juarez rises the number of office seekers, party officials, and other political activists who have been murdered this election season to more than 120.
Close to 90 million Mexicans will be able to vote in the July 1 election, in which 3,400 elective positions are up for grabs, including the president.