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Friday, May 14, 2021

Mayoral Candidate from Cajeme, Sonora, Killed While Campaigning

"Morogris" for Borderland Beat

Francisco Abel Murrieta Gutiérrez

A new homicide marred the Mexican elections of June 6. Abel Murrieta, the mayoral candidate of Cajeme, Sonora, for the Citizen Movement Party (MC), was shot dead while he was engaging in a campaign.

Murrieta was also the lawyer of the LeBarón family, who were victims of a brutal attack in which nine of its members, all women and children who held dual US-Mexican citizenship, were killed in Sonora in November 2019. The attack was attributed to the criminal group La Linea.

The spokesman for the LeBaróns, Iván García Reyes, lamented the incident and demanded that authorities not rule out the possible connection in both cases (his candidacy and the LeBaron case) in their investigations.

"The family is hurt and dismayed. We knew that Abel Murrieta was running for the electoral campaign ... he was an excellent professional who went from being a lawyer to being a great friend. He was the one who knew the most about this [LeBaron] case", he said.

In a post on social media, Murrieta's party lamented the murder and reported that Lizeth López, the woman who was injured during the attack, is stable.

“Citizens live in fear ... Murrieta paid with his life for having said in the campaign that he had the courage to confront drug cartels and that he was going to put order in Sonora," the post read.

The party's national coordinator, Clemente Castañeda Hoeflich, said on Twitter that Murrieta was "an honorable man with an impeccable career."

Adrian LeBarón wrote in his Twitter account, "They have killed my defender! Today they decided to kill the person who defended us legally. What do we call this? The rule of law?"

Before being a candidate for the MC, Murrieta was Attorney General of Justice in Sonora from 2004 to 2012, during the six-year terms of former Governors Eduardo Bours and Guillermo Padrés. He later served as local deputy for the Cajeme district from 2012 to 2015, and as federal deputy from 2015 to 2018.

Murrieta was taken to the hospital in serious condition. He did not survive.


In recent months, Sonora has been on the national spotlight due to rising cartel-related violence. As reported by Borderland Beat, much of the violence in Sonora is driven by conflicts between several factions of the Sinaloa Cartel and local drug groups like La Plaza and/or the Caborca Cartel.

Cajeme, in southern Sonora, is among just 15 municipalities in Mexico that make up more than a quarter of murders in the country, Security Secretary Rosa Icela Rodríguez said this week.

While some of those areas have seen a decrease in murders in the first three months of this year compared to 2020, Cajeme and others have seen an increase.

"We had an average increase of 19% in the municipalities of León, Cajeme, Guadalajara, Acapulco and Chihuahua," Rodríguez said.

Of those, Cajeme has seen the greatest increase in killings in 2021 — up more than 40% from 92 in the first three months of 2020 to 133 during the same period this year.

An important trade region for the U.S., Cajeme Municipality is also home to Sonora’s second-largest city, Ciudad Obregon, which was ranked by a security-focused nonprofit in Mexico this week as the fourth most violent city in the world, with a murder rate of 101 per 100,000 people.


Video was recorded by a driver who was passing by. Murrieta was shot in broad daylight. His body lays on the sidewalk, pamphlets and flags on his side.

Sources: El Pais; MilenioAnimal Politico; Fronteras; Reforma


  1. Looks like it's open season for Mayor's running for office. Majority of Cartels want a Mayor that will work in collusion with them, but if they say no, they get Plata o plomo.
    Police not there to protect them as they are already embedded with the criminals. Anyone going for office might as well paint themselves like a target.

    1. More likely was killed because of the LaBaron family..he knew too much sounds like. Very unfortunate.

    2. Movimiento Ciudadano is playing dirty, in jalisco and Nuevo lion, wherever they go their government prove to be CORRUPT and nobody that served as Bours or Sandoval's attorney generals is clean...capisci?
      The LeBarons are not clean either, they stole water from everybody else when their carnal was a PRI politico, julian was a member of NXIVM in the mexican wing of the canadian cult presided by enrique salinas, son of la rata orejona de gortari.
      Julian needs to shut the fack up, naaw!

    3. A Lebaron was part of NXIVM? Is this the same as the cult that Clara Luz. the dirty candidate from MORENA belongs too? Damn! I guess NXIVM permeated PRI and MORENA all the same, crazy people in politics!!!

  2. Anybody running for office in Mexico knows better than to campaign without the support of a criminal group. Especially in Sonora. From Pavlovich on down, all bought & paid for by Cds

  3. Damn SEEM everyONE is RUNNING for MAYOR. I TOO want TO run FOR mayor.

    1. 2:51 you got it!!!
      Mr Mayor Crap.

    Two reports i think should be posted.
    I miss the forum 😢

  5. Since 1971 Mexican citizens have no right to defend themselves… only criminals can have guns and intimidate

  6. This was the same guy accused of protecting Beltranes and CDS back in the day when he was attorney general of Sonora, as much as I dislike the crook president of Mexico, the candidate´s death most likely was ordered by CDS or Caros people, he had to either align with one or the other, Obregon is hot right now and the war will continue for some time.

  7. Durazo orders my little kids anyone know how the Río corre aquí and start talking shit haha

  8. She Knew the Risks SMH So sorry mam God rest your soul, God knew your heart was in right place. yea we want change but the Fucking President wants Hugs and not doing Shit then Trump offers his help and Support and the Fucker says we have it in Control lmaooooo what the fuck Mexico is a god damn Genocide, Pure Hell on Earth, Here we have a Great Lady, Caring, Loving who wanted change offered her whole salary to help the People and got Gunned Down in Fucking Broad Daylight and you have Dickheads on Here Praising Cartels Lets Go CJNG, Lets Go CDS let me ask yall this just imagine if that was your loving Mother or Sister or Aunt with a Heart of Gold and get Slaughtered Like Cattle SMH Bet you would be Hot Then.


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