The murders Monday of a Mexican newspaper editor, his wife and his 21-year-old son continues a “particularly grim month” for journalists in that violence-ravaged country, reports McClatchy Newspapers. Assailants smashed their way into the home of Miquel Angel Lopez Velasco, 55, early Monday. He was the deputy editor of the Notiver newspaper in the port city of Veracruz and had recently written a column about narcotics trafficking and violence.
The executions bolster Mexico’s status as the most murderous place in the hemisphere to work in the media. Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte de Ochoa said the slaying was a reflection of “the rise of criminality across the country,” and pledged to apply “the full weight of the law” against anyone linked to the killing.