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Guerrero mayor assassinated while dining at restaurant

Petatlán, Guerrero — The mayor of Petatlán, Arturo Gómez Pérez, was killed while dining in a restaurant Friday night.

Coordination Group Guerrero, Roberto Álvarez Heredia said the mayor was shot three times, once in each arm and once in the thorax.

State authorities reported that the PRD mayor was in a meeting at the Casa Vieja restaurant in the central neighborhood, when, at around 11:30 p.m., an unknown person arrived at the restaurant and shot through the window.

In the place were found 9-millimeter calipers. Gómez Pérez was transferred by paramedics of Civil Protection to the private clinic Padre de Jesús where he died.

The mayor wanted to be a candidate for local deputy in the elections of 2018.

Gómez Pérez belonged to the political group Alternative Democratic Guerrerense (ADG) which is run by the former state leader of the PRD and current senator Celestino Cesáreo Guzmán and the local deputy and former mayor of La Unión, Carlos Reyes Torres.

In the more than two years of the government of Hector Astudillo, two mayors have been assassinated, one a former local deputy, a PRD regidor and the other a general secretary of the party in Guerrero.

Also missing is a former federal deputy from his same party. Two leaders of the Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) have also been murdered.

On Thursday after the murder of the local deputy of Jalisco, Saúl Galindo Plazola, the leadership of the PRD condemned the killings to officials.

Manuel Granados, national leader of the party, warned that there were 22 PRD member executions throughout the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto.

Only this year, more than 2,600 homicides have been registered in Guerrero, a figure that places the state first in murders nationwide.

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