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The youngest mayor of Ecuador and a collaborator were shot to death

Brigitte García, just 27 years old, the youngest mayor of Ecuadorwas murdered This Sunday he was joined by one of his collaborators, as confirmed by the police, in what is a new chapter in the wave of political violence, in the midst of a state of exception decreed by the Ecuadorian government.

The mayor of the coastal city of San Vicente and her communications assistant Jairo Loor were found inside a vehicle without vital signs and with gunshot wounds, indicated the local police report reproduced by the AP agency. The double crime would have occurred in the early morning.

García, from the Citizen Revolution movement —of former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017)—, there was assumed office in May.

“Today Brigitte is no longer there. I am broken. “I can’t believe it,” Correa wrote on the social network X, formerly Twitter.

Loor, for his part, was the communications director of the municipality of San Vicente.

The authorities have not yet commented on the possible motive and the alleged perpetrators of this event.

The police commander of Manabí, Colonel Emerson Ubidia, assured the press that the mayor had not requested police protection, so it did not have a safety device. She said she did not know if she had received threats.

The police chief commented that after a family alertunits began the search and found the parked vehicle on a beach in that city. The victims were shot inside the car, he said.

The Ecuadorian government’s repudiation of another political crime

The Government of Ecuador expressed this Sunday its repudiation for the murder and offered to do everything possible to find those responsible for this crime.

“We are working with the State Attorney General’s Office and we have ordered the National Police of Ecuador to carry out all actions that guarantee immediacy in researchin order to find the material and intellectual authors“of crime, the ministries of Government (Politics) and the Interior highlighted in a joint statement.

For his part, the executive director of the Association of Municipalities of Ecuador, Homero Castanier, told AP that at least “35 mayors have been victims of threats”, and regretted that risk studies for protection requests take up to six months.

“It cannot be that our mayors are exposed to these attacks and don’t do anything“, he claimed.

It is not the first assassination of an authority or political figure in the midst of the violence that overwhelms Ecuador in recent years. In July 2023, the mayor of Manta, Agustín Intriagowas murdered while touring a construction site.

While in August of that year, the murder of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio at the end of a political event in Quito shocked the country shortly before the elections.

The president’s government Daniel Noboa declared a state of emergency in January and internal armed conflict after the fescape from a Guayaquil prison of a drug trafficking boss —Adolfo Macías—which unleashed a series of violent acts such as the takeover by armed individuals of a television channel while it was broadcasting live.

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