The nightmare in Mexico growing thicker.
Mexican mayoral candidate Alejandro Chavez Zavala was gunned down after a campaign event Thursday afternoon in La Florida, Taretan, as the political violence plaguing the nation continued to escalate ahead of the elections.
At least 113 politicians have been killed in the bloodiest election campaign in Mexico’s modern history, and the violence appears to be intensifying in the final weeks before the July 1 national election.
According to Mexico City-based security consultancy Etellekt, many of the slain candidates were running for local office.
Michael Lettieri, a historian at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, said: “The risk going forward is that there will be reluctance to participate in local politics because it has become so dangerous.”