The sons of two Mexican journalists were gunned down in the city of Chihuahua on Saturday, the same weekend police found seven bodies dumped in a car in Mexico City.
Alfredo Paramo, 20, and Diego Paramo, 21, were killed in the Arboledas district of Chihuahua, according to a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office, Carlos Gonzalez. The two men were shot while driving through the neighborhood by gunmen in another vehicle just two days after Mexico celebrated World Press Freedom Day.
Their father, David Paramo, is a well-known radio show host and Mexican financial journalist. Their mother, Marth Gonzalez, is the editor of the daily El Peso newspaper.
"We still don't know what they were doing there," Carlos Gonzalez said. "But this has nothing to do with the professional activities of their parents."
In the last few weeks, several journalists in northern Mexico have been targeted and two were killed. Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez, editor for an online news outlet, was gunned down on March 3 in Ojinaga, a border city in the state of Chihuahua.
Journalists are often the targets of drug cartels in Mexico if they report on the cartel’s activities.
The Mexican National Human Rights Commission says 84 journalists have been murdered in Mexico since 2000.
In a separate incident, police found seven bodies dumped in a car in Mexico City, according to the Ministry of Citizen Security. The corpses of seven men, who had been shot, were discovered in the suburb of Ecatepec. Ranging from ages 14 to 42, police said they have identified three of the bodies. Two of the corpses were stripped naked.
Most of the deceased men were armed civilians killed in clashes between criminal gangs and authorities in the northeast state of Tamaulipas, the ministry said.
In a similar case last year, police found eight bodies in the same neighborhood.
A monument was recently completed on Mexico City’s main boulevard in memory of the 70,000 Mexican victims of the war on drugs.