Mexican Mayor Pulled Off Bus, Executed; Ran Because Last Mayor Was Murdered

U.S. Border Patrol agents, front, speak with migrants seeking asylum, mainly from Colombia, China and Ecuador, in a makeshift, mountainous campsite after crossing the border between Mexico and the United States, Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, near Jacumba, Calif. About 200 migrants huddled under blankets and plastic bags under pounding rain and wind Friday night, as Border Patrol agents tried to work out transportation to area facilities. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The mayor-elect of a small municipality near the crime-plagued Mexican resort city of Acapulco was assassinated early Monday, local prosecutors said — the latest in a series of attacks targeting politicians.

Salvador Villalba Flores — who was to take office in October in Copala, a town of about 4,000 residents about 80 miles southeast of Acapulco — was shot dead while traveling on a highway, prosecutors in Guerrero state said in a statement.

Prosecutors said that they had launched an investigation into the murder, but declined to provide further details.

Local newspaper El Sur de Guerrero reported that Villalba was a retired Navy captain who was usually protected by National Guard escorts, but was traveling alone to Mexico City when he was killed.

“The mayor-elect was taken off the bus he was traveling on when it stopped near San Pedro las Playas” and shot, the outlet reported.

Local media also reported Villalba had decided to run for mayor after his friend, a candidate, was murdered in June 2023.

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