Photo: Paraguay Mayor Wilfrido Ocampos Murdered
The mayor of the southeastern Paraguayan town of Jose Leandro Oviedo was shot to death on Tuesday, a little more than five years after his brother, who preceded him in the office, died in similar circumstances.
Wilfrido Ocampos died after being shot multiple times as he was getting ready to leave his home to go to city hall, the police public relations department told Efe.
The attack was carried out by three men who later fled and are still at large, police said, adding that at present the motive for the killing is not known.
Ocampos, who was a member of Paraguay’s ruling Liberal Party, became mayor in 2010 and was to have completed his term in 2015.
On Dec. 24, 2007, the late mayor’s brother, Oscar Ocampos, was also murdered while serving as mayor of Jose Leandro Oviedo.
Oscar Ocampos was shot twice by Filemon Zarza, with whom he had previously argued during a party prior to the Christmas festivities in a public square.