REPORT: Mexican politician who vowed to crack down on crime shot dead while posing for selfie with fan

BY TEAM DML / JUNE 12, 2018 /

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A Mexican congressional candidate who vowed to crack down on organized crime was shot dead after a person asked him for picture, CNN reported.

Fernando Purón had just finished an election debate on Friday night when he was approached by a woman holding a selfie stick who asked him to take a photo with her.

Surveillance footage obtained by the Vanguardia showed the 43-year-old politician falling to the ground after being shot in the head by a man who snuck up behind him.

The article goes on to state the following:

Purón, who is survived by his wife and child, reportedly died en route to the hospital.

According to the consulting group Etellekt, Purón’s death marks the 112thmurder of a politician since Mexico launched the electoral campaign in September 2017.

Purón was running to be a federal congressman for the northern state of Coahuila and was running as part of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which also confirmed his death in a statement to CNN.

“The Institutional Revolutionary Party condemns the attack suffered by our candidate Fernando Puron in the city of Piedras Negras,” the party’s statement said. “We demand some clarity from the authorities on what happened and an appropriate punishment for those responsible for his death.”

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