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Young political candidate shot, killed in Michoacán

Morelia, Michoacán — A political candidate for the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico was shot and killed Wednesday at a ranch in Morelia.

Maribel Barajas Cortés, a candidate for local deputy of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM) was murdered on Wednesday at Las Flores ranch in Morelia, Michoacán.

Personnel of the Specialized Crime Unit reported the finding of the body, which had gun wounds. On the property was also a red Mazda with circulation plates PFZ-149-T.

The body was transferred to the Forensic Medical Service. The Attorney General’s Office of Michoacán says no one has been arrested.

According to an autopsy, Barajas Cortés “had eight wounds caused by a sharp weapon and blows caused by a solid object”. She was estimated to have died between 24 and 36 hours before being discovered.

The PGJE says it still does not have a motive.

“In the place of the finding – Las Flores branch in the municipality of Morelia – there were tasks to collect clues to establish solid research lines to work on clarifying the case,” the agency reported.

Maribel Barajas, 25, was a candidate of the PVEM for electoral district 22 with a seat in Múgica for the next elections. She recently worked as head of the Research and Liaison Department of the Municipal Center for Municipal Development of the State Government.

The state party leadership condemned the murder and demanded its resolution. Luisa María Calderó, an independent candidate for federal deputy for the 10th district and Gerardo Villarreal, general secretary of the Green Party in Durango, expressed their indignation.

“With deep sadness and indignation, I condemn the murder of Maribel Barajas Cortés, a young woman who was found murdered in Morelia this day,” said the sister of former President Felipe Calderón.