CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Gunmen killed a mother who had been protesting for three days in front of a governor's office in northern Mexico to demand justice for her slain daughter, authorities said Friday.
Masked men pulled up in a car Thursday night and shot Marisela Escobedo Ortiz in the head in front of the governor's office in Chihuahua city, capital of Chihuahua State, said Jorge Gonzalez, special state prosecutor for crime prevention.
Surveillance cameras around the government building showed gunmen getting out of the car and Escobedo running into the street toward the governor's palace, but one of the gunmen chased her down and shot her — an image transmitted repeatedly on national television broadcasts.
A spokesman for the state attorney general's office, Carlos Gonzalez, said the gunmen exchanged angry words with Escobedo's brother just before the shooting. He said investigators believe one of them is Sergio Barraza, who had been the main suspect the killing of Escobedo's 17-year-old daughter. He was absolved by a court in April for lack of evidence.
Escobedo was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she died within minutes.
She had been campaigning for a conviction in the killing of her daughter, Rubi Frayre Escobedo, whose burned and dismembered remains were found in a trash bin in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on June 18, 2009. She had been missing for nearly a year.