Alfredo Cabrera: Mexico mayoral candidate assassinated in middle of Guerrero campaign rally

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
A mayoral candidate in Mexico has been assassinated while attending a campaign rally.

Alfredo Cabrera was shot at point blank range while attending the campaign event in the town of Coyuca de Benitez, located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Footage posted online showed the moment that a man pointed a gun at Mr Guerrero’s head and fire as he was walking away.

The mayoral candidate, who was due onstage to address around 300 supporters, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still hunting the gunman.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Mr Cabrera was a member of the opposition coalition that backs centre-right presidential candidate and businesswoman Xochitl Galvez. She is due top go up against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on June 2.

Evelyn Salgado Pineda, Governor of Guerrero, said of Mr Cabrera’s death: “I strongly condemn the unfortunate events in which the candidate for the municipal presidency of Coyuca de Benítez for the PRI, PAN and PRD coalition, Alfredo Cabrera Barrientos, lost his life.

Mexican mayoral candidate Alfredo Cabrera was assassinated while attending a campaign rally in Guerrero. (Credit: AFP via Getty Images)Mexican mayoral candidate Alfredo Cabrera was assassinated while attending a campaign rally in Guerrero. (Credit: AFP via Getty Images)
Mexican mayoral candidate Alfredo Cabrera was assassinated while attending a campaign rally in Guerrero. (Credit: AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

“To clarify this cowardly crime and guarantee no impunity, I have asked the Attorney General's Office of the State of Guerrero to carry out the pertinent investigations to apply the full weight of the law to him or those responsible for this crime. To the family, friends and supporters, I respectfully express my sincere condolences.”

It comes after nine people lost their life after a stage collapsed during a rally for presidential candidate Jorge Alvarez Maynez in northern Mexico. The stage collapse happened in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon and occurred due to high winds. At least 70 others were hospitalised with injures.

Related topics:

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.