Mexican photojournalist Rodolfo Garcia Gonzalez was reportedly shot and killed late Sunday in the southern region of Valle de Santiago municipality in Guanajuato, the Attorney General's Office of the state reported.
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The photographer was found on a motorcycle with gunshot wounds, between Callejon de Pemex and Plan de Ayala. Casings of a 9-mm caliber firearm were found at the scene. The incident, authorities say, took place at about 7:00 p.m. Sunday night in the vicinity of the Valle de Santiago Sports Unit.
Garcia Gonzalez was a freelancer who contributed to the Dia7 and Nuevo Milenio publications. The 47-year-old covered social and religious events for the weeklies.
“In this case, it is not about drugs or huachicoleo [fuel theft] because the photographer was well known in his activities in the temples and events and he occasionally collaborated with some media,” says the weekly newspaper Dia 7.
In June, Guanajuato registered some 265 murders, a rate of 53 homicides per 100,000 people, more than double the national average.
Garcia Gonzalez brings the number of journalists murdered in 2018 increases to eight. A dozen journalists were murdered in Mexico, in 2017.