Another candidate gunned down; armed commando interrupts rally to assassinate candidate, former Autodefensa leader, he received serval bullet impacts by gunman
Enrique Saucedo Hernandez, former leader of the Michoacán autodefensas and a Morena (political party)candidate running for mayor of Yurécuaro, was killed last night at a rally, confirmed the Municipal Public Security and Michoacán Atty General.
According to local authorities, at 19:30 pm yesterday, a commando aboard a truck open fire on the candidate, wounding three people, including a minor.
Saucedo Hernandez was a leader of the autodefensas of Yurécuaro, and a close friend of political prisoner Dr. Manuel Mireles.
Five hours before his murder, he posted on face book a demand for the release of Dr. Mireles.
Last year he was arrested for the murder of Gustavo Garibay, Tanhuato mayor, but was subsequently acquitted when prosecutors lacked evidence, a typical tactic to imprison a “nuisance”.
In this case as in Dr. Mireles case Alfredo Castillo was behind the incarcerations.
Death and imprisonment are the tools used to eliminate those speaking out against organized crime and government corruption.
While he was incarcerated he was in isolation, denied visitors and was tortured.
In a video posted on YouTube, Hernandez had prophesized that he would be murdered, saying he was a "dead man" from the moment Alfredo Castillo ordered autodefensas to disarm.
"My enemies are Templarios and the corrupt government officials of Michoacán, to disarm is to be defenseless to organized crime," (Enrique Hernandez)
His daughter was with him at the time of his murder. It has not been clarified if she was the minor injured in the attack. (Later is was reported not to be his daughter that was injured, but a young boy who is in critical condition from gun shots, along with two others)
Following the murder, Hernández’ lifeless body was covered with a white sheet, and his trademark hat placed atop, in addition candles and a crucifix were positioned with the body.