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Nov 21, 2010 5:07 PM by Andrea Babin

Gunmen Kill Ex-Governor in Western Mexico State

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) - The former governor of the Pacific
state of Colima was shot dead late Sunday morning by a group of
armed men, authorities said.
Silverio Cavazos Ceballos, 41, who left office a year ago, was
killed outside his home in the capital city also called Colima, the
state Attorney General's Office said.
Cavazos was accompanied by Rafael Gutierrez Villalobos, the
state's economic development secretary, who was wounded in the
attack, though authorities didn't say how gravely.
The suspects fled in a truck after firing on Cavazos and
Gutierrez, who were both taken to a clinic where Cavazos later
Cavazos took office in 2005 after the previous governor died in
plane crash. In 2008, he accompanied President Felipe Calderon on a
trip to Los Angeles to meet with political officials and immigrant
groups, along with two other governors from Mexican states with
heavy migration to the U.S.
He was a former state legislator with a law degree from the
University of Colima.
Calderon offered his condolences to Cavazos' family Sunday and
instructed his interior minister to help state authorities with the
The attorney general did not give a motive for Sunday's killing,
but organized crime in Mexico has increasingly targeted political
figures and their relatives for assassination.
Most recently, the brother of the former state prosecutor in
Chihuahua was kidnapped and killed. A video of him, at gunpoint,
claiming ties to drug traffickers was posted on the Internet.
A gubernatorial candidate in the northeastern border state of
Tamaulipas was murdered earlier this year, and at least a dozen
mayors and mayors-elect have been killed so far in 2010.
Colima is a small coastal state south of Guadalajara and is home
to the major port of Manzanillo, the scene of many sizable seizures
of chemicals and cash believed linked to drug traffic.
Authorities found 200 tons of precursor chemicals for making
synthetic drugs at the port in August, the biggest seizure of such
chemicals in Mexico. The port's captain was arrested in May and
accused of drug-trafficking ties.


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