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Cartel gunmen execute Mexican crime journalist while watching son’s Christmas pageant in Veracruz

December 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel gunmen execute Mexican crime journalist while watching son’s Christmas pageant in Veracruz

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A crew of unidentified gunmen ambushed an elementary school’s Christmas pageant and gunned down veteran reporter Gumaro Perez Aguilando who was watching his son perform in the show in front of horrified children in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz.

The execution occurred on Monday at the Aguirre Cinta elementary school in the city of Acayucan, according to  Proceso.

Gumaro Perez Aguilando attended his son’s Christmas show when a team of armed men approached him and opened fire in front of terrified parents and children.

The veteran crime beat reporter worked for various local press outlets and was a principal editor of La Voz Del Sur.

Gumaro Pérez Aguilando. Photo: Proceso

According to the Guardian, Aguilando was physically assaulted back during an attack in 2012 for collecting information at a courthouse.

Aguilando’s slaying is the to 83rd violent incident against the Mexican press, where over 12 have been killed just in 2017 alone. The International Press Institute has identified Mexico as the most dangerous place for reporters in the world edging out Iraq and Syria.

In Veracruz alone,  22 journalists have been murdered in the last seven years..

When journalists are murdered in Mexico, there are no real consequences and the cases often go unsolved.

While human rights organization and journalists have criticized the Mexican government for its inaction in addressing crimes against journalists and for the lacking security conditions, the empty pledges made by the federal government are usually followed by inaction.

In most instances, the suspects behind the attacks have been either violent drug cartels or even corrupt officials.

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