MEXICO CITY – A nephew of the interim governor of the northern Mexican state of Coahuila was murdered, authorities said Friday.
Jorge Torres McGregor, the 21-year-old nephew of acting Gov. Jorge Torres Lopez, was fatally shot while driving his pickup truck in Saltillo, Coahuila’s capital, state Attorney General Jesus Torres Charles told Televisa television.
The attack occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the campus of the University of the Valley of Mexico, where the victim was studying law.
Assailants in another vehicle intercepted Torres McGregor as he was passing a gas station and opened fire on his truck with assault rifles, witnesses said.
Security cameras at a nearby shop did not capture any images of the assault and no one has claimed responsibility for the killing, the attorney general said.
“We think it’s a murder perpetrated by organized crime. We are carrying out the work to determine which of the groups” was behind the deed, he said, noting the lack of any evidence to indicate that Torres McGregor was killed over a traffic incident or personal grudge.
The attorney general declined to speculate about the possibility the murder was intended as some kind of message to Torres Lopez, who succeeded Gov. Humberto Moreira in January when the latter became the national chairman of the main opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.
Torres Lopez will step down Dec. 1 in favor of Ruben Moreira Valdes, Humberto’s brother, who won the July 3 gubernatorial election.
At least one person died this week in three days of clashes between gangland gunmen and army troops in Saltillo and neighboring Ramos Arizpe. EFE