Photo: Alberto Angulo Gerardo
A sports reporter was murdered while traveling with family members on a highway in Sinaloa, a state in northwestern Mexico, police said Tuesday.
Alberto Angulo Gerardo was killed on Monday night, police spokesmen in the city of Angostura told Efe.
Angulo, who worked for Radio SA in neighboring Sonora state, was shot several times by heavily armed men in Angostura.
The reporter and his relatives were cut off by unidentified individuals on the highway, but Angulo accelerated and the gunmen opened fire, police spokesmen said.
Angulo’s sister was wounded and two other relatives sustained injuries when the vehicle flipped over.
A drug trafficking organization led by Fausto Meza Flores, known as “El Chapo Isidro” (Shorty Isidro), operates in the area.
Sinaloa is also home to the powerful drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman.
The Sinaloa cartel, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration has offered a reward of $5 million for him.
The rival Los Zetas cartel has been trying to grab control of some areas in the state from the Sinaloa organization, which is also battling the Beltran Leyva gang.