TEGUCIGALPA – A legislative candidate for the PINU-SD party was gunned down in Tegucigalpa, police said, adding that the killing was not related to the political crisis in Honduras.
Marco Antonio Canales Villatoro died Saturday at a private hospital, where he was taken after two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him as he was leaving a church, National Police spokesman Orlin Cerrato said.
The preliminary investigation determined that the killing was not linked to the political crisis sparked by the June 28 coup against President Mel Zelaya, who returned to the country last week, Cerrato said.
“We have ruled out initially that (the crime) is related to the people who are going around protesting (in the streets in favor or against Zelaya),” the police spokesman said.
Canales Villatoro was murdered “in cold blood” and officials should “investigate” the killing, PINU-SD president Jorge Aguilar said.
The 40-year-old Canales Villatoro was an alternate PINU-SD legislative candidate from Francisco Morazan province, where Tegucigalpa is located, Aguilar told Tegucigalpa’s HRN radio.
“We are upset, we know it’s a tense situation, but it does not justify murdering anybody,” Aguilar said.
Canales Villatoro “was a pretty quiet person, a serious professional, responsible, this did not have to happen,” Aguilar said.