Journalists Killed  |  Colombia

Freddy Elles Ahumada

Freelancer

March 18, 1997, in Cartagena, Colombia

Elles, a freelance photojournalist who drove a taxi to supplement his income, was abducted by three unidentified individuals in Cartagena on March 17 and found assassinated in his taxi the next day. He had been shot several times, and his body showed signs of torture. Local journalists believe that Elles may have been assassinated in reprisal for his photographs of police violence published in the Bogotá daily El Espectador. Only the spare tire of his taxi was missing, making robbery an unlikely motive for the crime.


Medium: Print

Job: Photographer

Beats Covered: Human Rights

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: Yes

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Unknown Fire

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: Yes

Tortured: Yes

Threatened: No


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