A journalist who ran a community news page on Facebook was killed in the northern Mexican border city of San Luis Rio Colorado on Monday when he was apparently caught in the crossfire of an attack on police.
Jesús Gutiérrez managed Notiface Prensa Digital De San Luis, a Facebook page that included suggestions for local businesses as well as local news.
Notiface confirmed his death, writing in a tribute “we think they killed the best journalist”.
Prosecutors in the northern border state of Sonora said Gutierrez was talking to the officers, who were his neighbors, when they were hit by a hail of gunfire, killing one officer and wounding three others. They said Gutierrez’s death was “collateral” to the attack on police.
6 MEN KILLED IN VIOLENCE NEAR BORDER MEXICAN CITY KNOWN FOR MIGRANT SMUGGLING
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San Luis Rio Colorado, located across the street from Yuma, Arizona, is best known as a border town where Americans go for cheap prescriptions and dental work. But it has been increasingly affected by drug cartel violence.
At least three other journalists have been killed so far this year in Mexico, which has become one of the deadliest places in the world for journalists outside of a war zone.
In the past five years alone, the Committee to Protect Journalists has documented the murders of at least 52 journalists in Mexico. Last year, Mexico was one of the deadliest places in the world for journalists, second only to Ukraine.