GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AFP) – A Mexican federal lawmaker was killed and burnt after being abducted in broad daylight, authorities confirmed Wednesday, shocking his ruling party amid government assurances that violence is down.
Deputy Gabriel Gomez Michel was heading to the airport in the western state of Jalisco on Monday when at least five cars intercepted his sport-utility vehicle, authorities said.
The 49-year-old former pediatrician’s body was found early Tuesday in the neighboring state of Zacatecas inside the charred remains of his SUV, alongside the burnt corpse of his assistant.
Forensic experts positively identified the bodies of Gomez Michel and Heriberto Nunez Ramos, who were so badly burnt that authorities could not tell how they were killed.
Jalisco’s chief prosecutor, Luis Carlos Najera, said investigators believe an organized crime group was behind the double murder because of the way the kidnapping took place.