Eduardo Castro Luque

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Eduardo Castro Luque
Eduardo Enrique Castro Luque.jpeg
Born Eduardo Enrique Castro Luque
12 December 1963
Died 14 September 2012 (2012-09-15) (aged 48)
Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico
Cause of death Shooting
Residence Chapultepec neighborhood
(Prior to assassination)
Nationality Mexican
Alma mater Sonora Institute of Technology
Occupation Politician, businessman
Known for 2012 murder
Political party Institutional Revolutionary Party
Spouse(s) Rossana Coboj
Children Eduardo Castro Coboj
Website castroluque.com

Eduardo Enrique Castro Luque (12 December 1963 – 14 September 2012) was the deputy-elect of Ciudad Obregón, Sonora and a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Born and raised in Ciudad Obregón, Castro Luque ran for office in his municipality and was elected as a state legislature for Sonora in the Congress of Mexico on 1 July 2012.[1] Before running for office, he had served as the marketing manager of the Yaquis de Obregón baseball team in his hometown and was working at his privately owned publicity agency. On 14 September 2012, two days before entering office, he was gunned down outside his home by gunmen.[2] He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.[3]

Northern Mexico has been the scene of violent confrontations between Mexico's drug gangs. The recent wave of violence in Ciudad Obregón is attributed to the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, which fight for the control of retail drug sales and the smuggling routes leading to the United States.[4]

Personal life

Eduardo Enrique Castro Luque was born on 12 December 1963 in the Mexican northern city of Ciudad Obregón, Sonora. He was married to Rossana Coboj and had one boy named Eduardo.[5][6] He held a bachelor's degree in Business administration from the Sonora Institute of Technology.[7]

The 48-year-old politician had never held a political office before he was elected on 1 July 2012.[8]

Prior to running for office, Castro Luque owned a publicity agency and was the marketing manager of the Yaquis de Obregón baseball team in his hometown.[1][9]

Assassination

Initial reports stated that on 14 September 2012 at around 20:55 local time, Castro Luque was returning home at Chapultepec neighborhood in the city of Ciudad Obregón, Sonora.[8] Unaware of the assailant, the deputy-elect got out of his car and made a few steps towards the house entrance when an unknown gunman shot at him nine times, hitting vital organs.[10][11] Nonetheless, according to the investigation of the Office of the General Prosecutor in Sonora (PJGE), the gunman faked a malfunction in his motorcycle when Castro Luque was coming back from a meeting held in Hermosillo prior to his installation as a state deputy. The assassin then asked Castro Luque for tool support and then shot him at close range.[12] Once they had materialized the attack, the killer fled the scene in a motorcycle.[13] Castro Luque was taken to a local hospital by his wife and young son while still being alive, but was declared dead an hour later.[14] He was scheduled to take office as a Sonora's state Legislature in just two days.[15]

The Municipal Police of Cajeme, Sonora reported that Castro Luque's front house door had been forced open and that some people had stolen his laptop a day before the assassination.[16] At the scene, the Mexican police found six .45 millimeter bullet casings, as well as six warheads from the same caliber, that will help the Office of the General Prosecutor in Sonora (PGJE) as evidence for the investigation.[12][17]

Funeral

At 3:00 p.m. during a religious ceremony in the Cathedral of Ciudad Obregón, friends, supporters, politicians, and several citizens of the municipality gathered to pay homage to Castro Luque. The Bishop Felipe Padilla celebrated mass with over 900 attendees.[18]

Background

Since the start of Mexico's drug war, northern Mexico has been the scene of numerous battles between several drug trafficking organizations fighting for the control of the local drug markets and the smuggling routes leading to the United States.[10] The municipality of Cajeme, Sonora – where Castro Luque was killed – is reportedly under dispute between two drug groups: the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel.[4]

In August 2012, Édgar Morales Pérez, the mayor-elect of a town in San Luis Potosí, was ambushed and killed by gunmen before taking office. Just like Castro Luque, Morales Pérez was a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).[19]

Investigation and arrests

The Attorney General of Sonora established a special investigation group to carry out the inquiry of Castro Luque's assassination.[20]

On 24 September 2012, the PGJE indicated that Manuel Ernesto Fernández Félix, the substitute deputy of Ciudad Obregón, ordered the assassination of Castro Luque so he could go into office.[21] In Mexico, political candidates have to appoint a person to take over their duties if they die or are unable to serve. Sonora authorities accused Fernández Félix of paying a hitman more than $3000 to carry out the attack and of paying around $750 to the person who helped him find the assassin.[22] Fernández Félix is currently a fugitive, while the other five implicated in the assassination are arrested.[21][23] The Interpol, along authorities in Mexico and the United States, are currently looking for the substitute deputy in over 190 countries.[24]

Several water-rights activists, however, question the theory of the Mexican prosecutors that the assassination was carried out by Castro Luque's substitute.[25] The activists of the Citizen Movement for Water stated that Castro Luque had launched a massive political campaign against a water project in Ciudad Obregón, and criticized the state government for constructing an aqueduct despite the judicial orders to suspend it.[25] They allege that since the state of Sonora is ruled by the National Action Party (PAN), the investigation is too biased to be executed properly. Politicians in the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) also expressed their doubts on the theory of the state prosecutors of the PAN administration.[26]

Legacy

Several organizations carried out a "mega march" throughout Ciudad Obregón in memory of Castro Luque on 26 September 2012.[27][28]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Eduardo Castro Luque Dead: Mexico Deputy-Elect Shot 9 Times". The Huffington Post. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Beyliss, Marcelo (16 September 2012). "PRI de Sonora exige esclarecer crimen de diputado". El Universal (Mexico City). Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b (in Spanish) Guiterrez Ruelas, Ulises (15 September 2012). "Asesinan en Cajeme a diputado entrante". La Jornada. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  5. ^ (in Spanish) "Perfil de Eduardo Enrique Castro Luque". El Imparcial. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  6. ^ (in Spanish) "A un día de tomar protesta, asesinan a diputado del PRI en Sonora". Animal Político. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  7. ^ (in Spanish) Beyliss, Marcelo (15 September 2012). "Beltrones condena crimen de diputado en Sonora". El Universal. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b (in Spanish) "Un diputado electo del Congreso de Sonora es asesinado afuera de su casa". CNNMéxico. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Mexican deputy-elect shot to death". Sacramento Bee. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
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  11. ^ (in Spanish) "Asesinaron a diputado electo en norte de México". Univision. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  12. ^ a b (in Spanish) "Un solo sujeto disparó y asesinó al diputado Castro Luque: PGJE". Milenio. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Mexican deputy-elect shot to death in northern Sonora state". The Washington Post. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  14. ^ (in Spanish) Sánchez, Daniel (15 September 2012). "Matan a diputado priista en Cajeme, Sonora". Excélsior. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Mexican Deputy-Elect Shot to Death". ABC News. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  16. ^ (in Spanish) "A un día de tomar protesta, ejecutan en Sonora a diputado priista". Proceso. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  17. ^ (in Spanish) Montoya, Patricia (15 September 2012). "Asesinan a diputado local electo del PRI en Sonora". El Universal. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  18. ^ (in Spanish) "Diputado asesinado en Sonora recibe último adiós". Terra Networks. 16 September 2012. Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Mexican deputy-elect shot to death". CBS News. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  20. ^ (in Spanish) Larios, Felipe (16 September 2012). "Grupo especial indagará homicidio de Castro Luque". Milenio. Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  21. ^ a b (in Spanish) Larios, Felipe (24 September 2012). "Suplemente de Castro Luque ordenó homicidio: PGJE". Milenio. Hermosillo. Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  22. ^ Fausset, Richard (24 September 2012). "Prosecutors allege Mexican politician slain by his understudy". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  23. ^ (in Spanish) Larios, Felipe (26 September 2012). "Cae otro implicado en asesinato del diputado Castro Luque". Milenio. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  24. ^ (in Spanish) "Interpol buscará a suplente de Castro Luque". El Universal. Hermosillo. 28 September 2012. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  25. ^ a b Gomez Licon, Adriana (26 September 2012). "Activists Dispute Theory of Mexico Lawmaker Murder". ABC News. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  26. ^ "Water-rights activists question prosecutor theory on slaying of Mexican state legislator-elect". The Washington Post. Mexico City. 26 September 2012. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  27. ^ (in Spanish) Robles Ruiz, Alejandro (21 September 2012). "Convocan a megamarcha en honor a Castro Luque". TV Azteca. Ciudad Obregón, Sonora. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  28. ^ (in Spanish) "Piden con marcha justicia y respeto a la ley". El Imparcial. 26 September 2012. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 

External links

  • Eduardo Castro Luque on Twitter
  • Eduardo Castro Luque on Facebook
  • (in Spanish) Acuden políticos al IMSS (archive) – El Imparcial
  • (in Spanish) Homicidas de Castro Luque, narran detalles del asesinato del Diputado on YouTubeMilenio (Video)
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