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101-Year-Old Man Killed in Ambush

July 3, 2002

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MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Five people returning from a political rally, among them a 101-year-old man, were ambushed and shot to death in western Mexico, officials said Wednesday.

The attack occurred a few hours before gunmen murdered the brother of the mayor in the same town, Huajicori, in Nayarit state.

The government news agency Notimex said that men with automatic weapons waited along a mountain road and attacked a truck carrying people from a rally for the mayoral candidate of President Vicente Fox’s National Action Party in Huajicori on Monday night.

Five people were killed in the 7 p.m. attack, including 101-year-old Felipe Aguilar Hernandez. Six other people were wounded.

Ten hours later, gunmen shot to death Domingo Alvarez Barraza, 38, when he went to investigate noises at a local government store. Alvarez was the brother of the Institutional Revolutionary Party mayor for Huajicori, some 445 miles northwest of Mexico City.

The state attorney general’s office on Wednesday confirmed the events and was trying to determine what the motive might have been.

Gov. Antonio Echevarria of National Action said the shootings did not appear to be related to politics, despite the local election scheduled for Sunday.

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