Mexican journalist Pedro Rosas Tamayo, who specialized in police reporting, was killed outside his home Wednesday night in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz.
According to local Mexican media, Tamayo was hit with at least 11 gunshots at around 11 p.m. after two armed people fired on the reporter at his home, where he lived with his relatives. Tamayo was rushed to hospital but reportedly died in the ambulance.
His wife said that a black Volkswagen appeared at the house, with one of the men getting out and shooting Tamayo.
In January, Tamayo went missing before reappearing again in Oaxaca. He had allegedly sought refuge in the state following the arrest of the suspected leader of the “New Generation Jalisco Cartel,” in Tierra Blanca, Francisco Navarrete.
Navarrete was arrested and linked to the disappearance and murder of five young people in Tierra Blanca. Following the arrest, a number of sources said that Tamayo feared for his life.
Tamayo was reportedly under police guard for around a month.
So far this year, 43 journalists in Mexico have received threats and have been placed under the protection of the Ministry of State Security.
Many journalists in Latin America have recently been subjected to killings, many in relation to their work. A recent report detailed that the Americas is one of the most dangerous regions for journalists in the world.