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Accused Killer Lynched in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY A young man accused of murder was beaten and burned to death Wednesday by angry residents of a neighborhood in the Guatemalan capital, a spokesman for the volunteer firefighters said.

The lynching took place after El Incienso resident Mynor Tejeda, 45, was gunned down while taking his two children to school.

Learning of the crime, about 200 of Tejeda's neighbors got together to track down the alleged shooter, described by firefighters spokesman Carlos Hernandez as an 18-year-old male.

The mob beat the young man and then set him on fire, Hernandez told reporters.

The suspected killer was dead by the time police reached the scene.

Fourteen people have died in acts of vigilante justice in Guatemala so far this year, while some 30 others survived with injuries, authorities say.

The Central American country suffered 3,434 murders in the first seven months of 2010, or an average of 16 homicides per day, according to police figures.

Guatemala has witnessed more than 300 fatal lynchings since 1996 and the Mutual Support Group, a human rights organization, blames the growth of vigilantism on the failure of national institutions to "provide security and impart justice." EFE
 

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