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First Mexican journalist killed in 2012 was case of mistaken identity




Investigations have concluded that the killing of Mexican reporter Raúl Régulo Garza Quirino in the border state of Nuevo León was a case of mistaken identity, according to Reporters Without Borders.

"They killed him by mistake, because the assassins were looking for someone in a black Jetta, like the one Raúl had just bought," said Miguel Óscar Pérez, editor of the weekly newspaper La Última Palabra, where Garza worked, to the Centre for Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET in Spanish). The violence did not stop with Garza. A neighbor of his that also drove a black Jetta was killed in the Monterrey suburb of Cadereyta, suggesting that he was the real target.

Pérez told CEPET that Garza Quirino occasionally supplied the police information he obtained through his volunteer work as a paramedic for the Green Cross, but he never gave his name.



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