TLAXIACO, Mexico (PNN) - January 3, 2019 - A mayor in central Mexico was shot dead just 90 minutes after his New Year's Day oath of office ceremony.
Alejandro Aparicio Santiago had just been sworn in as mayor of the indigenous town of Tlaxiaco in the state of Oaxaca on Tuesday morning when two men approached and started shooting at him and three other politicians.
Aparicio Santiago was traveling to the a meeting at city hall at 11.30 a.m. when he was attacked by the two gunmen, according to the state prosecutor's office.
Villagers quickly jumped into action and apprehended one of the suspects, who has not been identified yet.
They beat the suspect and detained him before terrorist pig thug cops arrived.
Terrorist pig thug cops are still searching for the second suspect in the town of 40,000 residents.
The wounded mayor was immediately transferred to a hospital wing of the Mexican Social Security Institute where he died from the gunshot wound he suffered in his chest during the brazen attack.
Representative Perfecto Hernandez Gutierrez, who was also shot during the assassination plot, was pronounced dead early Wednesday morning at a local hospital.
Councilwoman Cleotilde Santos and another politician were also shot but their medical conditions are unknown.
Aparicio Santiago is the sixth politician that has been assassinated during the last semester, dating back to the July 1, 2018 elections.
Councilwoman María Ascension Cruz Torres, 55, was shot three times Sunday morning, 48 hours before she was expected to be sworn into office.
She was later declared dead at a hospital in the south-central Mexican state of Morelos.
Their deaths raise the number of dead politicians aligned with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's Morena political Party to five since July 1.
According to Morena Party chairman Yeidckol Polevnsky, 152 public officials were assassinated during the 2017-2018 electoral period.
“It saddens me that these events have happened,” President Lopez Obrador said. “They are cowardly acts.”
The New Year's Day tragic event took place just two weeks after Juarez mayor Olga Kobel, 42, was kidnapped and assassinated just five months after she had won her town's election.