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List: Mexican Election Campaign Killings

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 |

With just a few days left for Mexico's 2010 election campaigns, violence generated by organized crime has seriously affected both the political parties and their candidates.

Here is a list of candidates, party officials and associates who have lost their lives during this year's electoral process:

June 28, 2010

Rodolfo Torre Cantú - Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate for governor of Tamaulipas.
Enrique Blackmore Smer - local representative and general coordinator of Rodolfo Torre Cantú's campaign.
Rubén López - member of Rodolfo Torre Cantú's entourage.
Gerardo Sotero - escort for the gubernatorial candidate.
David Castelo - escort for the gubernatorial candidate.
Dante Quiroz - escort for the gubernatorial candidate.
Aurelio Balleza - escort for the gubernatorial candidate.
Alejandro Martínez - Rodolfo Torre Cantú's private secretary.

June 26, 2010

Pedro Brito Ocampo - National Action Party (PAN) manager in the Guerrero state municipality of Heliodoro Castillo. His body, found in an abandoned house, had 40 gunshot wounds.

June 19, 2010

Jesús Manuel Lara - 48 year-old Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) mayor of Guadalupe Distrito Bravo, Chihuahua, died in a house in the Santa Teresa neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez when a group of gunmen burst in and shot him.

May 21, 2010

Jorge Rogelio Ortega Ortega - Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) associate helping with the political campaigns, gunned down by heavily armed men riding in a Ranger pickup.

May 13, 2010

Mario Guajardo Varela - National Action Party (PAN) candidate for mayor of Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, his son, Luis Mario Guajardo Adame, and an employee named Fernando Treviño, were executed by three hitmen inside an agricultural supply store.

March 17, 2010

Sótico Silvestre López - Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) manager in San Andrés Huaxpaltepec, a municipality on the coast of Oaxaca, was gunned down by a group of assassins.

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