2 Mayors of Towns in Mexico Killed

Blood on the pavement was visible at the site where San Juan Chamula's Mayor Domingo Lopez
Blood on the pavement was visible at the site where San Juan Chamula’s Mayor Domingo Lopez

One man died in a hail of bullets as he traveled in the dark of night, flanked by bodyguards.

Another was shot dead in broad daylight as he met with people in a town square.

The Saturday slayings took place hundreds of miles apart and were apparently unrelated. But both victims — Ambrosio Soto Duarte and Domingo Lopez Gonzalez — had the same job titles: They were mayors of towns in Mexico.

Authorities say both killings are being investigated. But a group representing Mexico’s mayors isn’t waiting for more details about the attacks before it calls on government officials to take action.

In a statement Sunday, the National Association of Mayors said Mexico’s government should create a system for providing stepped up security for local officials in light of the killings.

Since 2006, when Mexico’s government began a crackdown on cartels and violence surged in some parts of the country, 40 mayors have been killed, according to the association.

“The implementation of a protocol of protection for mayors at risk is urgent,” the group’s statement said.

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SOURCE: CNN, Catherine E. Shoichet