Mayor murdered in Mexico is 11th this year

(RAW STORY)   The mayor of the Mexican town of Tancitaro, in southern Michoacan state, has been murdered, making him the 11th municipal leader slain so far this year, the state prosecutor said.

Mayor Gustavo Sanchez, 29, and a colleague, Rafael Equihua Cervantes, 36, were found murdered on a rural road early Monday, apparently stoned to death, state prosecutor Jesus Montejano told AFP.

“We are quite concerned because this is a situation (the style of the execution) quite unlike what organized drug crime usually does,” he added.

Sanchez was not known to have a party affiliation and was a teacher by training before taking the helm of the town of 5,500. His predecessor resigned under pressure from an organized crime group.

In January, Sanchez fired 60 local police who were replaced by federal officers.

Some 28,000 people have died in a surge of suspected drug violence since the government launched a military crackdown on organized crime in 2006.

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