This former politician has been shot dead in a suspected botched robbery in Mexico.
Fernando Palma Gomez, a former congressman of the conservative Partido Accion Nacional (National Action Party), was murdered in the village of Santo Tomas Ajusco which belongs to the municipality of Tlalpan, in the Mexican capital Mexico City.
Local media report Gomez was found dead after the authorities received a report of a man lying on the ground at a ranch on the road linking the towns of Picacho and Ajusco.
Reports state he had suffered bullet wounds and preliminary investigations from the police suggest he was killed during a robbery attempt when he tried to defend himself.
The Secretary of Public Security said that the case is being investigated.
Relatives of the former politician told the authorities that he was suffering financial difficulties and had asked for a loan. It is unknown if the politician had cash on him at the time of the suspected robbery and he was said to be at the ranch to ride horses.
The former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon, who belongs to the same political party, sent a message of condolence after Gomez’s death and criticised the current government for not providing measures to prevent similar deaths.
Marko Cortes, President of the PAN, expressed his condolences to the victim’s family and asked the authorities to fight against insecurity.
The investigation is ongoing and the motive for the murder has not yet been confirmed. No arrests have been made.
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