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Political contender in upcoming June elections gunned down in Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. — UPDATED: –A man reported to have been a political contender in the upcoming June elections was gunned down in Cancun early Saturday. The deadly shooting happened early Saturday morning in SM 519 by suspects traveling in a taxi.

Authorities were made aware of the deadly shooting by witnesses who were able to provide police with the license number of the Cancun taxi involved.

The man, identified by local authorities as Manual Santiago “N”, died en route to hospital. According to early information, he was shot several times by subjects traveling inside a Cancun taxi.

In a public statement, the FGE (Fiscalía General del Estado) said an investigation has begun.

“The FGE reports that it has opened an investigation file for the crime of homicide qualified to the detriment of a male person, identified as Manuel Santiago “N”, who lost his life as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

“This unfortunate event occurred during the early hours of this Saturday, in Superblock 519 of Cancun.

“Personnel from this autonomous body, in coordination with municipal security authorities, carry out the corresponding investigations to find the person or persons responsible for this event.”

UPDATE: Late Saturday, the FGE reported revenge as the likely reason for the deadly shooting of Manual Santiago “N”. According to their latest report, one of two people in a taxi got out and shot the man repeatedly.

“Six shell casings and a 9 millimeter caliber warhead,” were found at the scene. Manuel Santiago “N” worked as Campaign Coordinator for a local candidate. The most solid line of investigation indicates that it was a personal vendetta, they said.

“The victim’s body had injuries to the chest, abdomen, right thigh and forearm. It should be noted that he served as Campaign Coordinator for a local candidate, however, it is completely ruled out that the reason for the attack is related to the current electoral process,” they said in their statement.