Photo: Honduras Mayor Joe Sanchez, Concepcion
The mayor of the western Honduran town of Concepcion came away unhurt Monday from an attack in which a 2-month-old baby girl was killed and her mother was wounded, police said.
The attack occurred in the village of Tierra Colorada, where several armed men opened fire on a vehicle in which Mayor Jose Sanchez was giving a ride to the baby and her mother, according to the police report.
Sanchez told reporters that the baby was “the victim of a vicious attack” and noted that he had recently received “death threats” from unidentified persons.
The mayor regretted the death of Lilier Urbina and said that Rosibel Urbina, the mother of the child, had asked him “to take the girl to a medical center in the town because the little one was ill.”
Urbina was wounded and was taken to a state hospital in Santa Rosa de Copan.
Investigators found shells from various guns at the scene of the attack, but chiefly from an AK-47 assault rifle, according to the police report. No motive for the crime has been determined.
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.