Armed gunmen ambushed and killed the mayor of the Jalisco municipality of Tecalitlán on the morning of Monday, July 2.
At 28, Victor José Guadalupe Díaz Contreras was one of the youngest mayors in the state. He belonged to the Partido Revolucionario Institutional (PRI) and was elected to his post in 2015.
Messages posted on the PRI’s social media account repudiated the slaying and called for those responsible to be punished with “the full force of the law.” PRI Jalisco President Ramiro Hernandez described the murder as a tragedy, adding that Díaz Contreras was a talented, driven young man with a bright future ahead of him.
According to reports, at the time of the attack Díaz Contreras was accompanied by an official from the local Civil Registry, who received minor injuries.
The image of Tecalitlán, a predominantly farming region located 20 kilometers south of Ciudad Guzman, has been tainted by an excess of criminal activity of late. This is where three Italians disappeared earlier this year after allegedly running foul of local crime bosses. A number of marijuana plantations have been discovered and destroyed in the municipality in the past two decades, as well as several meth labs. The area is also known as a key center for gun running.
The Jalisco Attorney General’s Office (FGE) said that the Tecalitlán mayor had not filed any complaints of threats made against him with their office or requested any additional personal security.