Murdered Mexican journalist Fredid Román Román. Photo: Twitter


Reporter and columnist Fredid Román Román was gunned down as he left his home in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, on Monday, Aug. 23, making him the 15th journalist to be killed in Mexico this year.

Román Román was a reporter for various media outlets in the coastal Mexican state of Guerrero, as well as the owner and editor of the newspaper La Realidad, which he stopped publishing several years ago.

At the time of his death, he was publishing his column, “The Written Reality,” in various media and on his social networks.

On the day of his death, he published a column on criticizing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) for his mishandling of the investigation of the unsolved Ayotzinapa case surrounding 43 missing students in Guerrero in 2014.

Román Román is the second reporter assassinated during the administration of Guerrero Governor Evelyn Salgado Pineda, who took office in October 2021. The first was the photojournalist Alfredo Cardoso Echeverría in Acapulco.

Cardoso Echeverría was taken from his home by armed men in November 2021. Hours later he was found with a gunshot wound in his car in the Loma Bonita neighborhood, near his home. Two days later he died.

According to police reports, Román Román was attacked two armed men on a motorized scooter when he was getting into his car while leaving his home Monday afternoon.

The men fled after the shooting.

The police report stated that Román Román had six bullet wounds.

Paramedics from Mexico’s Red Cross later arrived at the scene, but the reporter was already dead.

The Guerrero Attorney General’s Office reported late Monday that it had opened an investigation folder on the case.

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