The lawyer for the slaughter of Mormons in November 2019 in the Mexican state of Sonora and candidate of the Citizen Movement party (MC) to the municipality of Cajeme, Abel Murrieta, was shot to death this Thursday when he was serving a campaign event. Murrieta, who was also a former attorney for the entity, was recognized as the representative of the LeBarón family in the trial for the massacre of Mormon families, which occurred between the states of Sonora and Chihuahua, on November 4, 2019.
The lawyer’s execution occurred around 5:20 p.m. local time (00.20 GMT) in the Cumuripa neighborhood, next to a shopping center, one of the busiest areas of Ciudad Obregón, which is home to Cajeme (Sonora), one of the four most popular municipalities. violence in the country, according to organizations.
Through Twitter, the Sonora State Attorney’s Office confirmed the death. “The Sonora Prosecutor’s Office is carrying out an operation to find those responsible for the cowardly attack in which Abel Murrieta Gutiérrez, former Attorney General of Sonora and candidate for mayor of Cajeme, was deprived of his life,” the message noted.
The candidate was holding a rally, handing out flyers, and affixing labels to cars, when gunmen surrounded him and riddled him, receiving at least 10 shots in different parts of the body, including two in the head. Still with vital signs, he was taken to an emergency aboard an ambulance, but he died at the San José hospital because he could not resist the seriousness of the injuries.
Abel Murrieta Gutiérrez was the attorney general in Sonora when the ABC Nursery fire occurred in Hermosillo; He was also a federal deputy from 2015 to 2018. In 2019 he was appointed as the legal representative of the LeBarón family, in the criminal and judicial processes for the massacre of the Mormon families Langford, Miller and Jonhson.
LeBarón family lawyer
In November 2019, three vans full of women and children from the LeBarón family moved from a ranch in the town of La Mora (Sonora) to Galeana (Chihuahua), where the LeBarón neighborhood is located, when they were on the border between both states. ambushed by armed hitmen. “They killed my lawyer, the one who has helped me link the murderers of my daughter and my family to the process. Now I am in mourning,” Adrián LeBarón wrote on his Twitter account.
On April 24, Abel Murrieta started the campaign for the municipal presidency of Cajeme as a standard-bearer for the Citizen Movement. Ironically, his last message, posted minutes before his death, pointed to the violence and insecurity. “This movement is serious against insecurity. Cajeme can no longer, nor will it continue to tolerate corrupt politicians who leave those who attack citizens unpunished. I am with Abel because he is heavy (strong).”
The head of the Ministry of the Interior (Interior) of Mexico, Olga Sánchez Cordero, condemned the murder of the politician. “I condemn the unfortunate and cowardly murder of candidate Abel Murrieta in Cajeme, Sonora. I will be pending the corresponding investigations to punish those responsible, security in democracy must prevail. My condolences to the family and friends,” he said on social networks . Also the governor of Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich, expressed her condolences regarding the murder. Different candidates for the Governor of Sonora, councils and municipal presidencies announced the suspension of their campaign acts, including the debate between candidates for mayor of Cajeme organized by the State Electoral Institute.
The attorney general of Justice in Sonora, Claudia Indira Contreras Córdova, moved from the city of Hermosillo, capital of Sonora, to Cajeme to lead the investigations to find those responsible for the attack.
On June 6, more than 93 million Mexicans are called to the polls to elect the 500 federal deputies, 15 of 32 state governors, 30 local congresses and 1,900 city councils, in what are considered the largest elections in the history of Mexico.
The consulting firm Etellekt that records political violence in Mexico 2021 indicated that with the murder of the candidate a total of 563 criminal acts against politicians and candidates, with a balance of 83 politicians who have lost their lives in attacks (32 of them aspiring).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.