‘Very brave’ journalist shot dead, daughter injured at abandoned house in Mexico

A journalist was shot dead in northeastern Mexico on Wednesday as he left his home with his 23-year-old daughter, who was seriously injured, according to prosecutors and the newspaper that employed him.

Anthony of the Cross, 47, was a reporter for the local newspaper Expreso for nearly three decades. He is the twelfth journalist to be killed in the country this year.

Attackers killed journalist Antonio de la Cruz leaving his home, in Ciudad Victoria
Police officers stand near the vehicle of journalist Antonio de la Cruz, who was killed by unknown assailants as he left his home, in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas state, Mexico, June 29, 2022.

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De la Cruz was gunned down outside his home in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital of Tamaulipas on the US border. The region is embroiled in violence related to organized crime.

Expreso covers all types of news in the city, including security issues. De la Cruz covered national and social issues such as water shortages.

He also dealt with the Civic Movement political party and its local deputy, Gustavo Cardenas Gutierrez, who condemned the murder.

De la Cruz was “very aware of the reality of Tamaulipas, very brave,” Miguel Dominguez, the newspaper’s director, said in an interview with Milenio Television.

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Anthony of the Cross

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“He never expressed any concern to us,” Dominguez said.

Expreso has been targeted over the years. In 2012, one of the worst years of violence in drug cartels, a car bomb exploded outside the newspaper’s building. In 2018, a cool box with a human head inside was left at the newspaper, warning it not to report on violence in the city.

The Governor of Tamaulipas, Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca, promised an investigation of Wednesday’s murder so that “this cowardly crime does not go unpunished”.

The state prosecutor’s office said the specialized unit for investigating crimes against freedom of expression had been informed. The federal prosecutor’s office said it is opening an investigation.

Other Mexican journalists killed in 2022

Last month, two colleagues from a news site were shot dead in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz. The Veracruz Public Prosecutor’s Office said it was investigating the murders of Yessenia Mollinedo Falconi and Sheila Johana Garcia Oliverarespectively the director and a reporter of the online news site El Veraz in Cosoleacaque.

In March, prosecutors in the western state of Michoacan told a reporter: Armando Linares was shot dead in a house in the town of Zitacuaro. His murder came six weeks after the murder of a colleague, Robert Toledo, from the same outlet, Monitor Michoacan. It was Linares who announced Toledo’s death on January 31 in a video posted on social media.

In early March, gunmen killed Juan Carlos Muñiz, who reported on crime for the online news site Testigo Minero in Zacatecas state.

Jorge Camero, the director of an online news site who was until recently a municipal worker in the northern state of Sonora, was murdered in late February.

Beginning of February, Heber Lopezdirector of the online news site Noticias Web, was shot dead in the southern state of Oaxaca.

News reporter Lourdes Maldonado Lopez was found dead in her car in Tijuana on January 23. During a press conference in 2019, Maldonado Lopez told the president of Mexico that she feared for her life.

Reporter José Luis Gamboa was murdered on January 10 in the coastal state of Veracruz on the Gulf.

crime photographer margarito martinez was shot in front of his home in Tijuana on January 17. Guillermo Arias, whose photographs depict life and death on the streets of Tijuana, worked with Martinez for many years.

He recalled the painful experience of covering the murder of his friend and fellow journalist.

“His daughter arrived and asked me not to photograph her father’s body,” Arias told CBS News.

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