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Judge, Attorney Gunned Down in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA – A judge and an attorney were fatally shot Friday in separate incidents in different parts of Honduras, bringing to 75 the number of legal professionals slain in the Central American country since 2010, authorities said.

Lenin Castañeda, a justice of the peace, was gunned down in front of his home in Tocoa, a city in the Caribbean coastal province of Colon, army Col. Rene Martinez told Radio America.

“We don’t know who murdered him,” the officer said. “We are investigating to discover the whereabouts of the criminals.”

Two assailants on a motorcycle shot lawyer Jose Nicolas Bernardez as he was driving through the Cabañas neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras’ second city, a police officer told reporters.

The country’s deputy attorney general, Rigoberto Cuellar, condemned the murders and offered condolences to the victims’ families, promising to ensure thorough investigations in each case.

Authorities were unable to suggest a motive for either killing.

Counting Castañeda and Bernardez, 75 attorneys have been killed in Honduras since the beginning of 2010, according to figures from the office of the Human Rights Commissioner.

Honduras is one of the most dangerous countries in the world, with an average of 14 homicides per day.

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