Cartel It Like It Is

“In his last campaign message, Abel Murrieta stared confidently into the camera and declared that if elected mayor, the residents of Cajeme, Mexico could live without fear. ‘Enough with the bad guys being owners of the streets,’ he said. ‘I am a man of the law. I am going to impose order. My hand is firm. I am not scared.’ A day after recording that video, two gunmen approached him on the street and shot him ten times – twice in the head.” Vice: The killing of a mayoral candidate in broad daylight is a chilling reminder that running for political office in Mexico means risking one’s life.

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