Thursday, May 28, 2009

Brother of Treasurer Had Refused to Pay Extortion

óscar Eduardo Urías Cantú, 50, (see below), brother of the city treasurer and cousin of Oscar Cantú Murguía, the owner of Norte, was killed apparently because he refused to pay an undisclosed amount of money to a group of extortionists, according to stories in Diario and Norte this morning.

A men in a black compact car (a Tempo or Honda) parked in front of Mr. Urías' house got out to confront the victim at 1:30 p.m. as he was getting into a black and gold 2007 Ford Lobo pickup with Texas plates. The assassin was only about 4 feet away as he started shooting. A witness said he heard four shots initially, then, after a pause, more. Ten 9 mm spent shells were found near the scene. Mr. Urías lifted one arm and a leg to try to defend himself. He was shot in the left collarbone, chin, abdomen, left side, left elbow, and pelvic region. One of his sons was seen crying over the body after it had been covered with a sheet.

A witness said he was the fifth person assassinated in the neighborhood (Las Misiones) in the last year.

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