Thursday, July 1, 2010
Decapitated Victim Left on Ciudad Juarez Mayoral Candidate's Doorstep
In another act of terrorism directed at the electoral process in Mexico a decapitated body was placed yards away from a home belonging to Héctor “Teto” Murguía Lardizábal, the PRI candidate for Mayor of Ciudad Juarez.
The body of the beheaded man was found Wednesday about 6:00 AM on the Avenida Pedro Rosales De Leon. Just yesterday the candidate had officially unveiled his home address to report where he will vote next Sunday.
The body was found wrapped in a plastic bag with the head taped to the torso and hands bound behind its back and showed other signs of torture which is indicative of an organized crime execution style murder.
According to witnesses the body had a message attached to it addressed to the candidate but it was immediately removed by the police who refused to comment. The body was located so that it could be seen from the windows of all the houses adjacent to the site. It was not announced if the candidate had seen the body or the message.
It is noteworthy that this is not the first time that bodies are abandoned near a residence belonging to Murguia.
Murguía had three executed bodies abandoned a few steps from his home in separate incidents during a previous term as mayor of Ciudad Juarez. Murguía was mayor of Juarez from 2004 to 2007. In Mexico incumbents cannot seek reelection to consecutive terms.
Murguía’s previous administration was marred by a scandal involving his police chief, Saulo Reyes Gamboa, who served from January to October 2007.
Three months after leaving his position Reyes Gamboa was arrested by federal authorities in El Paso, Texas, on drug trafficking and bribery charges. He plead guilty and is now serving eight year sentence in a federal prison in Kentucky.
Murguía has campaigned on a populist agenda of tax increases to provide more social services for the poor and to combat organized crime. According to the candidate it is illogical to think that Juarez, a city of 1.3 million people, can operate on a budget of less than $250 million.
Ciudad Juarez is infamous as the world’s most violent city. Already this month there have been over 290 murders and 1,370 murders so far this year. The murders committed in Juarez since the beginning of the Calderon administration stand at over 5,300.