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Thursday September 19, 2013

Attorney Murdered in Northern Honduras

Attorney Murdered in Northern Honduras

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The shooting death of an attorney in the northern city of San Pedro Sula brought to 67 the number of lawyers slain in Honduras since the beginning of 2010, police said Wednesday.

Dinia Mercedes Acosta, 40, was killed Tuesday night.

She was driving through San Pedro Sula’s Las Palmas neighborhood when unknown assailants on a motorcycle pulled alongside her vehicle and starting shooting, witnesses said.

Investigators have no leads in the case, a police source told reporters.

Acosta is the 67th attorney murdered in Honduras during the administration of President Porfirio Lobo, who took office Jan. 27, 2010, according to figures compiled by the official Human Rights Commission.

Honduras suffered 85.5 homicides for every 100,000 residents in 2012, compared with a global median rate of 8.8 murders per 100,000, the Violence Observatory at the National Autonomous University said in a study released in February.

Violence escalated sharply in the Central American nation in the wake of the June 2009 coup that ousted President Mel Zelaya, as political strife added to the carnage wrought by criminal gangs.

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