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Gunmen Murder Mexican Photo Journalist and Los Zetas Boss In Veracruz

August 13, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Gunmen Murder Mexican Photo Journalist and Los Zetas Boss In Veracruz

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Gunmen stormed into a bar and opened for killing six people, including a reporter and a boss for the Zetas drug cartel, early Thursday in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz, state officials said.

After the attack, the gunmen exchanged gunfire with Police injuring Two officers, which occurred around 1:15 a.m. at the La Taberna bar in Orizaba, a city in Veracruz’s mountainous central region.

The reporters and the suspected drug cartel members were the intended targets, state officials said.

Jose Marquez, a suspected Los Zetas drug cartel area boss, and former Televisa Veracruz reporter Juan Heriberto Santos died in the attack, state officials said in a statement.

Santos was among a group of Televisa Veracruz employees let go two months ago due to budget cuts.

Three men, identified as Sergio Felipe Mendoza, Alberto Rodriguez and Jose Eduardo Castillo, were also killed at the bar, while the sixth victim has still not been identified.

The victims “were spending some time (at the bar) when the incident occurred,” state officials said.

Five heavily armed gunmen arrived at the bar, went directly to the group and opened fire, eyewitnesses said.

The massacre is linked to a dispute between organized crime groups, Veracruz Government Secretary Flavino Rios told Imagen Radio.

Two reporters for the daily El Buen Tono de Cordoba were seated at the same table, but the gunmen did not shoot them.

The two journalists are being protected by authorities, state officials said.

The gunmen “were not going after those two reporters,” one of whom sustained a head injury from a bottle while the other was kicked, Rios said.

Santos saw the two reporters walking by the bar and invited them inside, El Buen Tono editor Luis Dominguez told Radio Formula, citing the journalists’ accounts.

A few minutes after the reporters sat down with Santos, five “heavily armed” individuals entered the bar and fired “a barrage” at the former Televisa journalist, Dominguez said.

The gunmen turned on the other men at the table when they got up, opening fire on them.

Police located the gunmen a few minutes after the attack, setting off a shootout that left two officers wounded, state officials said.

The Zetas have been at the center of an intense battle between the Gulf and the Jalisco New Generation cartels over the smuggling routes in the region.

Santos’s death brings to 15 the number of journalists killed in Veracruz since 2010, making the Gulf state one of the most dangerous regions in the world for reporters.

On July 31, photojournalist Ruben Espinosa and four women were murdered in a Mexico City apartment.

Espinosa and human rights activist Nadia Vera had left Veracruz after receiving death threats and being subjected to harassment.

A total of 102 journalists were murdered between 2000 and 2014 in Mexico, making it one of the most dangerous countries in the world for members of the media, the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression, or FEADLE, said. EFE

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