Sunday, June 20, 2010

Gunmen shot and killed the mayor of the Mexican town of Guadalupe as his wife and child watched

Mexican federal police confirmed the shooting death of Guadalupe Mayor Jesus Manuel Lara Rodriguez. Ciudad Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz said Lara, who maintained what was apparently a second home in Juarez, was killed outside that house as he walked to his car. Lara, who became the mayor of Guadalupe in 2007, had apparently taken up residence in Juarez to protect his family. He kept his official home in Guadalupe. Violence has increased in Guadalupe since 2,000 federal troops arrived in Juarez earlier in 2010. Guadalupe - a city bordering Hudspeth County, Texas - once had 40 policemen but is now left with four. The northern Mexico state of Chihuahua is one of the main battlegrounds for rival drug cartels fighting for access to the U.S. drug-trade corridor.


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