June 28th, 2010
01:15 PM ET

Mexican gubernatorial candidate killed in gunfire

A gubernatorial candidate in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, was killed by gunfire Monday morning in Ciudad Victoria, the government-run Notimex news agency reported.

The candidate, identified as Rodolfo Torre Cantu, belonged to the Institutional Revolutionary Party, known by its Spanish acronym PRI.

Three other people, including his campaign manager, also were killed in the shooting, Notimex said. Another four were wounded and transported to the Doctor Norberto Trevino General Hospital in Tamaulipas, where they were under heavy guard, the news agency said.

Mexico holds elections Sunday and Torre was considered a front-runner in his race.

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  1. Jamaica

    I'm not surprise. If they dont want u to run for an office, u just have to die or pull out. Dust to dust my friend.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brownstain

    Anarchy in Mexico.
    Close the border!

    June 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo Garcia

      The border has to be closed, but for all the firearms that go from the USA to Mexico!, this war is not only for Mexican people, until USA does not take good actions like prohibiting the sale of fire arms on the USA and if they maintain the drug consumption on it's side, the war will not end in Mexico, Colombia ETC, please watch your comments, and be intelligent enough to see all the problem, not only what you want to see.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Denisse

    "Close the border?" Is everyhting u can say, all this situatioen is because ignorants like u are consuming drugs that all the assasins in the country are protecting!
    Is a war against something that is caused by ignorants and intolerants!
    We as mexicans, need to understand that we will have this type
    Of agressions until we return to real peace.
    Because we are workers that enjoy life and culture!

    June 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chief

    So... Hugo says the border must be closed to stop firearms from USA to Mexico. Denisse says that it is the drug user in the USA that is the problem because the poor cartel or dealer cannot resist making obscene profits because they have managed to get the drug user addicted to their crap.

    Does anyone see a problem here? An addict cannot control their actions, regardless of the addiction... ask a fat man trying to swear off that hot roll he loves far too well. Same with alcohol. Even worse with drugs. But the honorable Mexican / Columbian / Etc. would not think of dealing in drugs unless that addict was holding them at the point of a firearm demanding that drugs be provided to them... so it is the addict causing the problem – not the poor soul in the cartel...


    June 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo Garcia

      I know the drug cartels are a cancer to the society, and I'm not defending drug cartel or corrupt politicians, I'm just saying that everyone has responsabilities on this, that closing the border is not a solution is just a racist action, and please don't be blind (Chief) and think that the drug addicts take drugs because they are being pointed by a weapon, they are drug addicts because they don't have the correct family values, I think the geverments and society have to work together to find a solution for this problem, and closing the doors of a country will not work

      June 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brenda

    I dont think that this situation will be solved by just closing the border. I live in LAREDO, TX the border city to NUEVO LAREDO where alot of violence happens. An uncle of mine worked directly with the candidate who was killed, this violence is too big for us to just "close the border." The majority of all elected officials in Mexico are somehow involved. If they do not condone the drug cartels, they have to stay quiet for the safety of their families. If one person, reporter, politician, or artist speak against the cartels, they get killed. When the violence first started in NL a reporter was murdered for speaking against them. Closing the border wont solve the problem.

    June 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chief

    (cont.) My family has been affected by this. My son nearly died because of this. I am not in the least blind. No one believes that closing the border will solve the problem. But the problem will not be solved through talk – the problem will not be solved through diplomacy – the problem will not be solved through not selling firearms to law abiding people on either side of the border -

    This is not violent crime being perpetrated on Mexican and American citizens. This is a war between citizens who want an orderly law-abiding society and thugs who want money, power and all the trappings, and who are ruthless enough that they will kill anyone in their way as long as they themselves are alive.

    The solution is not more laws or more words. The solution to this war that these people have declared on us all is violence in return. Citizens must defend themselves. Good and honorable men and women must have the will to fight for their way of life, with firearms if necessary. Politicians must have the good sense to understand that sometimes, simply choosing to live means that violence will be the result, and must be forced to make concessions that allow citizens to defend themselves.

    I do not relish the result of this type of armed confrontation, but it is the only way that this will ever be resolved. As long as good citizens turn their backs and ignore what is occurring, the evil men who do these things will only escalate their violent acts.

    Sheep do not discuss with wolves what the menu will be for the evening meal.

    June 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. marko.acosta

    You are somehow right Chief... It's so sad what's happening to México because of incompetence of our govern.... Sooner or later we will choose to take this war on our own and saying coldly: "their lifes or mine" just as sick as that!

    But seriously don't tell me in USA you don't have murders, violence, drug and mafias... In México we are just way too scandalous when something like this happens but violence happens all around the world!

    June 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. stormy123

    NPR already reported that the Mexican Military is pretty much paid off by El Chapo and the Sinaloa Cartel. Knowing that what credibility does any political, governmental, or military actions have to any American or outsider looking in. Mexico is close to be a "failed state" period. Its social and governmental, and judicial and legal and press organizations are all either destroyed or paid off or cowering in fear. Knowing that why is the United States even talking to this country or negotiating anything? We cant take Calderon seriously. This country doesnt need anti-drug retoric, or nonsense about Arizona's racial profiling filling their news....they need a revolutions which they go through every 50 years anyway, where the people rise up and declare war on the whole country and shake down the pillars of law there. They cannot do anything with a free press, judicial system of law, and a sound educational and social system in place, all of which they are losing fast. I challenge the world to call in the UN and take over Mexico's northern provinces and declare its a war zone and have the world govern this country going forward and break it into little pieces and have outsoide forces run things, destroy the gangsters, and give the people a real social and economic backdrop to their lives they have never had.

    June 29, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. malcolm kyle

    The second biggest business during prohibition in Detroit was liquor at $215 million a year and employing about 50,000 people. Authorities were not only helpless to stop it, many were part of the problem. During one raid the state police arrested Detroit Mayor John Smith, Michigan Congressman Robert Clancy and Sheriff Edward Stein.

    And yes of course, the Mexican cartels are ready to show, that when it comes to business, they also like to be nonpartisan. They will buy-out or threaten politicians of any party, make deals with whoever can benefit them, and kill those who are brave or foolish enough to get in their way.

    If you support prohibition then you've helped trigger the worst crime wave in history.

    If you support prohibition you've a helped create a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.

    If you support prohibition you've helped to make these dangerous substances available in schools and prisons.

    If you support prohibition you've helped raise gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.

    If you support prohibition you've helped create the prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords.

    If you support prohibition you've helped remove many important civil liberties from those citizens you falsely claim to represent.

    If you support prohibition you've helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets.

    If you support prohibition you've helped to escalate Theft, Muggings and Burglaries.

    If you support prohibition you've helped to divert scarce law-enforcement resources away from protecting your fellow citizens from the ever escalating violence against their person or property.

    If you support prohibition you've helped overcrowd the courts and prisons, thus making it increasingly impossible to curtail the people who are hurting and terrorizing others.

    If you support prohibition you've helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Hugo Garcia

    many of the mexicans politicians are paid by the drug cartels, that is correct, we do not trust our goverment very much, and I know there are many corrupted people on this country, but I really don't think that making a revolution once again will be a solution, we are living a revolution between drug cartels! and we mexican citiznes are the ones that have been most affected by the war, I live in Chihuahua city and I can tell you that I don't really know who the bad guys are, actually most of the people who is killing and working for the cartels are young people, and they seem normal people, so if I get a firearm who will I attack? the 17 year old boy that I see pass by?, I don't think so! , the solution to this is to believe on the mexican army and let them do the war with the Cartels, I will do my part: be an honest citizen, work, raise my family properly teaching them the correct things, that is what we as citizens have to do, it is sadly but we have to let the bad guys kill them between each other, there is nothing we can do about it, you would have to live here maybe to understand what I'm saying and to see the real problem going on, also the corruption it is not only in Mexico, if in the USA there was no corruption between politicians and other, then the BiG mafia on that side of the river would not exist, and I think that in the US it is the biggest Cartel of all because they have the money to pay to el Chapo, Juarez cartel etc etc, think abou it !, I really want to go back to the peaceful Chihuahua as most of the citizens here, and I will do my part as a citizen, I will not give the cartels my sons, I will raise them good, and hope everyone does the same.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |