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Relatives of man accused in archbishop’s assassination are killed

March 12, 1997

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) _ The father and wife of the man accused in the 1993 killing of a Mexican archbishop were fatally shot in this border city, police said.

The accused, Alberto Bayardo Robles, is in jail in Mexico City awaiting trial in connection with the May 24, 1993, shooting death of Guadalajara Archbishop Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo.

At least 15 other people connected to the Guadalajara shooting have also died under suspicious circumstances. None of those cases, nor that of the cardinal, have been solved.

Alberto Bayardo Meza, 71, was driving his daughter-in-law, Maria del Rosario Olaguezin, to her job as a cleaner when they were shot to death Friday, police said on Tuesday.

Police have no suspects, and only one witness, a woman who told police that all she saw was the back of someone fleeing. Police have ruled out robbery as a motive.

Authorities have claimed the cardinal was either caught in a crossfire between rival drug gangs or shot by gunmen who confused him for a drug boss when he was fatally shot at the Guadalajara airport. The cardinal’s driver and five other people also died in the shooting.

At least one witness has said he saw more than one gunman approach the cardinal’s car and fire deliberately at close range.

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