The daughter of a Mexican journalist shot dead this week also died from injuries sustained in the same attack. The double murder comes at a time when Mexico is facing strong international criticism over ongoing attacks and killings of media workers.
On Friday afternoon, Cinthya de La Cruz Martinez, 23, died of gunshot wounds sustained earlier in the week when a group of gunmen shot and killed her father Antonio Del La Cruz, a journalist respected of Tamaulipas.
As Breitbart Texas reported, Wednesday morning unknown gunmen shot and killed De La Cuz outside his home. He was a longtime journalist who worked at El Epxreso in Ciudad Victoria. The journalist left his home to take his daughter to his office where she worked as an accountant. Family friends revealed to Breitbart Texas that Cinthya was the youngest of Antonio’s three daughters.
According to information provided by Tamaulipas law enforcement, Antonio and Cinthya were repeatedly hit with .40 caliber bullets. While Antonio died at the scene of the attack, Cinthya survived for 48 hours in a Ciudad Victoria emergency room. She suffered severe damage when one of the bullets pierced her skull.
While authorities in the state of Tamaulipas were initially investigating the murder, a special wing of Mexico’s attorney general’s office that deals with crimes against journalists took the lead in the investigation.
While the motive for the murder has not been revealed by the authorities. El Expreso director Miguel Dominguez does not rule out that De La Cruz’s work as a journalist could be the motive. While the late journalist wrote about agricultural issues and other topics, De La Cruz posted about public corruption on social media.
—Antonio De La Cruz (@tonypresss) June 29, 2022
De La Cruz is the 13th journalist murdered in Mexico this year. Various press freedom organizations continue to call Mexico one of the most dangerous places for news workers in the world. However, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ignores any criticism claiming to have ended impunity during his tenure.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to Mexico City and the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels that silence their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in these regions, including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, if a pseudonym was not used. Chronicles of the Breitbart Texas Cartel are published in English and in their original version Spanish. This article was written by “Francisco Morales” from Tamaulipas.