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Mexican activist who documented murders is killed

AN ACTIVIST who documented murders in one of Mexico’s deadliest cities has himself been killed, authorities confirmed on Wednesday.

Adolfo Enriquez was killed in the city of Leon, in north-central Guanajuato state, a city with the third-highest number of homicides in Mexico, trailing only the border cities of Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.

Mr Enriquez described himself on his social media profiles as an “activist, demanding a country with the rule of law.”

For years, Mr Enriquez has posted a simple, moving tally of each murder in Leon, writing just hours before his death that “murder number 55 in Leon so far in November just occurred in the Margaritas neighbourhood.”

Local media reported that Mr Enriquez was shot to death after leaving a restaurant, and that the attacker fled on a motorcycle.

The number of murders in Leon in November was not remarkable. In October, the city saw 64 murders, according to official figures.

Mr Enriquez rose to national attention after he posted a compelling, tragic security camera video of the stabbing death of a woman in Leon in August, spurring authorities to arrest the attacker. 

Leon is an industrial hub that has been the scene of bloody turf battles between the Jalisco drug cartel and local gangs backed by the Sinaloa cartel.

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