MEXICO CITY – The president of the human rights commission in Baja California Sur, a state in northwestern Mexico, was shot dead while riding with his family in a vehicle, officials said on Tuesday.
Silvestre de la Toba was killed around 7:00 pm Monday in La Paz when several gunmen stopped his vehicle and opened fire on the occupants, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) said in a statement.
De la Toba and his son, Fernando, were killed, while his daughter and wife were seriously wounded.
The two women were transported to Juan Maria de Salvatierra General Hospital for treatment.
State and federal officials must “conduct an immediate and full investigation to identify the killers and bring them to justice so this crime does not go unpunished,” CNDH president Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez said.
The national ombudsman expressed his condolences to the victims’ relatives, friends and co-workers.
The CNDH, Mexico’s equivalent of an ombudsman’s office, is taking measures to protect De la Toba’s family and Baja California Sur Human Rights Commission personnel.
The federal Government Secretariat said in a statement that it condemned the killings and called on state officials “to find those responsible and bring them to justice.”