A Mexican mayor was shot dead on his first day in office

Alejandro Aparicio Santiago/FacebookAlejandro Aparicio Santiago.
  • Alejandro Aparicio Santiago, the mayor of the Mexican town of Tlaxiaco, was shot and killed after being sworn into office on Tuesday.
  • The state’s governor promised an investigation and said a suspect was in custody.
  • He was one of two members of his political party killed on Tuesday.
  • Between September 2017 and August 2018, 175 politicians were killed in Mexico, according to NPR.

Shortly after Alejandro Aparicio Santiago was inaugurated as the mayor of a Mexican town on Tuesday, he was shot and killed.

Santiago was elected mayor of the town of Tlaxiaco, in the Southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. He was sworn in and headed to city hall for his first meeting when a group of gunmen shot at him, NPR reported.

Santiago later died in a hospital, and four other people were wounded in the attack, according to the Associated Press.

Oaxaca governor Alejandro Murat said on Twitter that a suspect is in custody and promised an investigation into the killing.

“I strongly condemn the attack on the Municipal president of Tlaxiaco. I requested a thorough investigation from the attorney General and he informs me that he has already arrested the probable perpetrator,” Murat said. “I express my condolences to the family and the people of Tlaxiaco.”

The newly inaugurated mayor was one of two politicians in Mexico’s MORENA party to be killed on Tuesday. In the state of Morelos, the local official María Ascención Torres Cruz died as well, according to NPR.

In Mexico, politics can be lethal. Between September 2017 and August 2018, 175 politicians were killed, according to NPR.And according to the Economist, mayors are often targeted for cracking down on corruption and local gang activity and because they have less security than national politicians.

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