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Newspaper vendor executed by drug cartel near Rio Grande

February 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Newspaper vendor executed by drug cartel near Rio Grande

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Authorities in the border city of Piedras Negras in the state of Coahuila continue to investigate the most recent killing of a newspaper hawker who was shot and discarded into the waters of the Rio Grande. This execution marks the ninth murder in 2017.

The case was launched last week when police responded to the banks of the Rio Grande for a floating body.

A group of fishermen near one of the international bridges noticed the body. Rescue personnel from the Red Cross arrived on the scene and managed to fish it out.

State officials identified the victim as 53-year-old Gerardo Pardo Franco. The victim was a newspaper hawker for the local paper Zocalo.

The body of Gerardo Pardo Franco was discovered on the Rio Grande last week

The man had been abducted in mid-February. Autopsy results indicate that the man was shot in the forehead.

Local reports indicate a group of hooded men kidnapped Pardo Franco from his home in the neighborhood of Mundo Nuevo.

The victim’s residence is located less than 500 yards away from Eagle Pass, Texas.

Pardo Franco’s execution occurred just days after two junkyard employees were killed nearby. The most recent murder marks the ninth bloody death in Piedras Negras.

Authorities say the victim was shot in the head at point blank range

According to Breitbart Texas, the killing of the two junkyard employees occurred on February 19th when authorities discovered the bodies of Emanuel Gonzalez Salazar, 40, and Daniel Gonzalez, 35.

The two victims were shot and killed inside of a house near the intersection of Simon Bolivar and Maestros Avenues.

The two victims were located face-down with gunshot wounds to the back of the head. The method of the homicide indicates a possible execution, like the ones most often used by members of organized criminal groups.

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