CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Gunmen killed a mother who had been protesting for three days in front of a governor’s office in northern Mexico to demand justice for her slain daughter, authorities said yesterday.
Masked men pulled up in a car Thursday night and shot Marisela Escobedo Ortiz in the head in front of the governor’s office in Chihuahua city, capital of Chihuahua state, said Jorge Gonzalez, special state prosecutor for crime prevention.
Surveillance cameras around the building showed gunmen getting out of the car and Escobedo running into the street toward the governor’s palace. One of the gunmen chased her down and shot her — an image transmitted repeatedly on national television broadcasts.
A spokesman for the state attorney general’s office, Carlos Gonzalez, said the gunmen exchanged angry words with Escobedo’s brother just before the shooting. He said investigators believe one of them is Sergio Barraza, who had been the main suspect in the killing of Escobedo’s 17-year-old daughter, who was burned and dismembered. He was absolved by a court in April for lack of evidence.