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Head of Mexico Kidnapping Inquiry Slain

The killing adds to fears of rising crime. Trust in the authorities to combat it is low. A top police official investigating a brazen string of kidnappings here was shot to death, authorities said Thursday, the latest victim in a spasm of violence that has outraged residents and thrust the issue of law and order into the political spotlight. Jose Fernando Jimenez Lecona, who headed a high-risk crimes unit in the state of Mexico, was gunned down late Wednesday by two unknown assailants outside his home north of Mexico City, the capital. Authorities said that Jimenez’s killers lay in wait and that at least one opened fire with a .45-caliber handgun as the veteran investigator stepped out of his van. Officials theorized that Jimenez was killed by someone looking to put an end to his work, which included an investigation of a high-profile kidnap-slaying of two brothers last month. Vicente and Sebastian Gutierrez Moreno were shot execution style and their bodies tossed into a trash bin after their family paid captors the equivalent of about $450,000. Full Story

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