The daughter of a Mexican journalist killed this week also died of injuries sustained during the same attack. The double murder comes at a time when Mexico faces harsh international criticism over the ongoing attacks and killings of media workers.
On Friday afternoon, 23-year-old Cynthia de la Cruz Martinez died of gunshot wounds sustained earlier in the week, when her father Antonio del la Cruz, a respected journalist in Tamaulipas, was shot and killed by a group of gunmen. .
As Breitbart Texas reported, Wednesday morning, unidentified gunmen shot and killed de la Cuz outside his home. He was a long-time journalist working at El Epxreso in Ciudad Victoria. The journalist left his home to take his daughter to her office, where she worked as an accountant. Family friends revealed to Breitbart Texas that Cynthia was the youngest of Antonio’s three daughters.
According to information provided by law enforcement authorities in Tamaulipas, Antonio and Cynthia were wounded several times by 0.40 caliber bullets. While Antonio died at the scene of the attack, Cynthia survived for 48 hours in the emergency room in Ciudad Victoria. She was badly damaged when one of the bullets penetrated her skull.
While Tamaulipas state authorities initially investigated the murder, a special wing of the Mexican Attorney General’s Office that deals with crimes against journalists took the lead in the investigation.
While the authorities did not reveal the motive for the killing. El Expreso director Miguel Dominguez does not rule out that de la Cruz’s work as a journalist was the motivation. While the late journalist was writing about agricultural issues and other topics, de la Cruz was posting information about public corruption on social media.
– Antonio de la Cruz (@tonypresss) 29 June 2022
De la Cruz is the 13th journalist murdered in Mexico this year. Various press freedom organizations continue to describe Mexico as one of the most dangerous places for news workers in the world, yet President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador shrugs off any criticism by claiming that he has ended impunity during his administration.
Editor’s note: Breitbart Texas has traveled to Mexico City and the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo Leon to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels that silence their communities. The book would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels operating in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym was not used. Breitbart Texas Cartel Chronicles Published in both English and original Spanish. This article was written by Francisco Morales of Tamaulipas.