November 24, 2023

Activist Found Murdered After Documenting Cartel Crimes

An activist known for documenting murder and violent crimes among Mexican cartel members has been found killed.

Adolfo Enríquez was found dead in Leon, the city with the third-highest number of murders in Mexico.

"For years, Enríquez has posted a simple, moving tally of each murder in Leon, writing just hours before his death that 'murder number 55 in Leon so far in November just occurred in the Margaritas neighborhood,'" Fox News reported.

"He himself became murder victim number 56 late Tuesday, local police confirmed, without providing details on the attack. State prosecutors confirmed his death and said it was under investigation," it added.

"Local media reported Enríquez was shot to death after leaving a restaurant, and that the attacker fled on a motorcycle," Voice of America reported.

"The number of murders in Leon in November was not remarkable. In October, the city saw 64 murders, according to official figures," it continued.

Six similar activists have reportedly been killed in Mexico since 2021, leading to growing concerns for those speaking out on violence in the country.

Global Witness, a nongovernmental group, noted Mexico as the world's most dangerous nation for environmental activists.

The ongoing threats to those speaking out have now led to the death of the well-known journalists who sought to make a difference in his nation, instilling fear in others who wish to bring peace to violent regions controlled by cartels and gang activity.

The authorities are investigating the incident but no arrests have been made and there may be little hope of tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice in the latest act of violence in the city.

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