Mexican politician who vowed to crack down on crime shot dead while posing for selfie with fan
A Mexican congressional candidate who vowed to crack down on organized crime was shot dead after a person asked him for picture, CNN reported.
Fernando Purón had just finished an election debate on Friday night when he was approached by a woman holding a selfie stick who asked him to take a photo with her.
Surveillance footage obtained by the Vanguardia showed the 43-year-old politician falling to the ground after being shot in the head by a man who snuck up behind him.
Purón, who is survived by his wife and child, reportedly died en route to the hospital.
According to the consulting group Etellekt, Purón’s death marks the 112th murder of a politician since Mexico launched the electoral campaign in September 2017.
Purón was running to be a federal congressman for the northern state of Coahuila and was running as part of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which also confirmed his death in a statement to CNN.
“The Institutional Revolutionary Party condemns the attack suffered by our candidate Fernando Puron in the city of Piedras Negras,” the party’s statement said. “We demand some clarity from the authorities on what happened and an appropriate punishment for those responsible for his death.”
The motive for Purón’s death remains unknown; however, the congressional candidate reportedly received death threats while serving as mayor of Piedras Negras from 2014 to 2017 for his efforts in combating the Zetas drug cartel.
During the debate on Friday, the congressional candidate also pledged to take a “head-on” approach to combating crime, according to The Guardian.
“You take on delinquency head-on — you don’t fear it, you call it for what it is,” Purón said. “Unfortunately, not all those in power do their job — some are even in cahoots with criminals.”
According to the Austin American-Statesman, more than 1,000 candidates have dropped out of local races in the country ahead of elections in July following the large number of killings targeting local officials.