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Latino Daily News

Friday August 20, 2010

UPDATE: Police Officers and Bodyguard Implicated in Mayor’s Killing

TODAY:  The Governor of the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon has just announced the arrest of 6 individuals for the murder of Santiago Mayor Edelmiro Cavazos. Four of the suspects are police officers and another individual is the Mayor’s bodyguard.  The bodyguard was not suspected initially since he was also kidnapped early Monday morning and released hours later.

Governor Rodrigo Medina de La Cruz did proceed cautiously when announcing the arrests: “The investigation is just beginning,” he said.  It is being reported that the police officers acted as lookouts working with inside information provided by the bodyguard as another individual actually kidnapped the Mayor. 

UPDATE: Edelmiro Cavazos body was found bound and blindfolded on the outskirts of the city of Monterrey. Mr. Cavazos had just returned home Sunday night from a public event when 15 gunmen broke into his home and kidnapped him.

State governor Rodrigo Medina said he believed Mr. Cavazos may have been targeted because of his efforts to tackle corruption in the local police force.

ORIGINAL STORY: Nuevo Leon State officials confirm that the Mayor of Santiago, Edelmiro Cavazos, was kidnapped last night by gunmen. Santiago is located on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico.  Nuevo Leon Gov. Rodrigo Medina and state attorney general Alejandro Garza y Garza confirm that State and Federal authorities including the army, navy and federal attorney generals office are all investigating the kidnapping.

The state of Nuevo Leon borders Texas and has seen an increase in drug related violence, especially near the state capitol of Monterrey. The city’s minister of transit was kidnapped in May and later released.