MEXICO CITY — The governor of Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca is condemning the slaying of a local mayor shortly after he took office.
Mexican mayor shot & killed after being sworn in
Gov. Alejandro Murat confirmed the killing of Tlaxiaco Mayor Alejandro Aparicio Santiago via his Twitter account Tuesday. He promised a thorough investigation and said a suspect was already in custody.
The state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that Aparicio had just been sworn in and was headed to a meeting at city hall when an unknown number of gunmen opened fire at him. He was taken to a hospital, but died there later.
Four other people were wounded in the attack.
Tlaxiaco is the hometown of Yalitza Aparicio, star of the film “Roma.” It was not immediately known if she was related to the victim.
According to local authorities, one of the suspects has been detained by police and is currently being interrogated.
Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa said that there will be a thorough investigation of the murder.
Aparicio Santiago’s execution represents the second high-profile political death since Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) took office on Dec. 1.
On Christmas Eve, newly instated Puebla Governor Martha Erika Alonso and her husband, Rafael Moreno Valle, also a former state governor, died in a yet-unexplained helicopter crash.
Both Alonso and her husband were members of Mexico’s centralist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and were on unfavorable terms with AMLO, who neither attended Alonso’s inauguration nor her funeral, leading to unsubstantiated allegations that his party might have been involved in the accident.