Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mexican Reporter Avila Garcia's Body Found In Plastic Bags

Marco Antonio Ávila García

The dismembered body of a Sonora reporter showed signs of being tortured before being murdered.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 22, 2012

Cajeme, Sonora, Mexico - The Sonora State Attorney General's Office (PGRE) reported that the dismembered body of Marco Antonio Ávila García, 39, was found last Friday, a day after being kidnapped by four armed men. García was a crime reporter for the internet Sonora Regional in Obregón and the Daily Afternoon Sonora television News. The Sonora news sources where García had worked say, that he reported on crimes, but excluded names and didn't identified the drug cartels involved in crimes or homicides in his news reports.
García had taken a company vehicle to the Quihuis carwash in Obregón in the municipality of Cajeme on Thursday when four armed masked men kidnapped him. His body, which showed signs of torture before being murdered and then dismembered was found on Friday afternoon in several plastic bags in the municipality of Guaymas.
Mexican authorities in Cuernavaca also reported that René Orta Salgado, a reporter for the Daily Sun of Cuernavaca had been reported killed seven days ago.
So far, 110 reporters in Mexico have been murdered for reporting crimes by drug cartels and criminal organizations. At least another 19 mexican reporters have been reported missing without a trace, according to the Latin American Federation of Journalists. 

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