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Benoit Maria worked to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged populations in the country.
The Agronomy and Veterinarians Without Borders (AVSF) director Benoit Maria Monday was killed near the Pacam village, in the Quiche department, in Guatemala. The Public Ministry reported that the 60-year-old French citizen received 11 gunshot wounds.
"He was ambushed and shot dead in his car," the AVSF Director-General Frederic Apollin confirmed, as reported by the French outlet DNA.
The Forum of International Organizations in Guatemala (FONGI) pointed out that Maria was helping the Indigenous authorities of the region, working on the creation of the Ixil University, and collaborating in the realization of popular markets.
"Maria worked to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged populations in the west of the country," the French embassy in Guatemala said, adding that it asked the local authorities that "the crime be cleared up and justice is done quickly."