Photo: Eduardo Castro Luque
Eduardo Castro Luque, an Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, member elected to the Sonora state legislature, was allegedly murdered by fellow party member Manuel Alberto Fernandez Felix, who is on the run, Mexican officials said.
“These are people who want power for the sake of power, who have no scruples,” Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres Elias told RadioFormula.
Castro Luque, who was shot six times on Sept. 14 in the city of Cajeme, was the victim of a plot hatched by five people led by Fernandez Felix, who was his alternate for the legislative seat, Sonora Attorney General Carlos Alberto Navarro Sugich said.
Four of the five suspects have been arrested, with one of them detained with the help of authorities in the Federal District, Navarro Sugich said.
Wilfredo Alvarez Felix, one of the suspects, pretended on Sept. 14 that his motorcycle had broken down outside Castro Luque’s house and asked the politician for assistance.
Castro Luque was then shot by Alvarez Felix, who managed to get away.
Alvarez Felix received assistance in plotting the murder and obtaining the weapon from Sergio Roman Gil Zavala, Juan Manuel Rodriguez Hernandez and Wilfredo Sanchez.
Investigators broke the case when they found “the person that acquired the motorcycle used by the murderer of legislator Castro Luque to get around,” Navarro Sugich said.
“According to the direct allegations we have, Manuel Alberto Fernandez Felix, starting with the legislator’s win, began to get ambitious and to plan and design a strategy to murder legislator Castro Luque because he wanted the seat,” the state AG said.
Sonora AG’s office investigators ruled out the involvement of drug traffickers or other organized crime groups in the killing from the start, Navarro Sugich said.
Statements from witnesses indicate that Fernandez Felix paid the hitman and his associates 40,000 pesos ($3,076) for the killing.
Castro Luque won his seat in the Sonora state legislature on July 1, representing the 17th District in the city of Cajeme.
The break in the Castro Luque case came less than 10 days after Jaime Serrano Cedillo, a PRI member in the Mexico state legislature, was stabbed to death by his wife during a family argument.
Serrano Cedillo, who represented the 25th district in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, a city about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from Mexico City, died on Sept. 16.
Mexico state surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.