Former lawmaker shot dead in Guatemala mall

January 20th, 2011 - 11:34 am ICT by IANS  

Guatemala City, Jan 20 (IANS/EFE) Former lawmaker Edgar Almengor Perez was slain Wednesday inside a shopping mall in the Guatemalan capital, authorities said.”It appears to be a direct attack because the shots were targeted,” a police spokesperson told the media.

Almengor, 47, was a member of the right-wing Patriot Party who represented the southwestern province of Suchitepequez in the legislature from 2004-08. He died on the spot.

The assailants fled in a vehicle waiting outside the mall, according to police, who said they have no clues regarding the motive for Almengor’s murder.

With an average of 16 homicides a day, Guatemala is one of the most violent countries in Latin America.

–IANS/EFE
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