Candidate kidnapped and murdered in San Miguel Soyaltepec, Oaxaca

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Alberto Antonio García and Agar Cancino Gómez

A mayoral candidate in the southern state of Oaxaca was found dead a day after he was reported missing. Alberto García was running for mayor of the Oaxaca town of San José Independencia.

Oaxaca state prosecutors said García was found dead, apparently beaten to death, on an island in a reservoir near the town. In the past, drug gangs have been active in the area.

The June 2 national elections are shaping up to be the country’s most violent on record.

In Oaxaca, the state electoral board condemned the death of García, who went missing along with his wife — the current mayor of San José Independencia — earlier this week. The wife was found alive.

The electoral board called García’s death a “killing,” and said such crimes “should not occur during elections.”

The candidate for mayor of San José Independencia and his wife Agar Cancino, the current mayor, were kidnapped on Wednesday, April 17th.

The Attorney General’s Office of Oaxaca located the Morena candidate for municipal president of San José Independencia, Alberto Antonio García, dead. He was reported missing since last Wednesday, along with his wife and current mayor, Agar Cancino Gómez, who was found alive.

After an operation led by state and federal forces such as the National Guard, the Ministry of National Defense located the couple on the island known as Cerro Arena, belonging to the town of Viejo Soyaltepec, which is located on the Miguel Alemán dam, in the municipality of San Miguel Soyaltepec, in the Cuenca del Papaloapan region.

Source: Excelsior

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