December 23, 2001, in Fundación, ColombiaEscobar, the publisher of the monthly newspaper La Región, was shot and killed by a lone gunman after an argument, according to state police commander Luis Mesa. A visitor arrived at Escobar's home in the town of Fundación, Magdalena Department, at around 7 p.m. and shot the journalist three times in the head before fleeing on a motorcycle.
Magdalena Department is known as a violent area, with leftist guerrillas and rightist paramilitary forces both active.
Mesa told CPJ that he believed Escobar had been murdered for personal reasons, but could provide no further details.
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.