Journalists Killed  |  El Salvador

Alfredo Antonio Hurtado Núñez

Canal 33

April 25, 2011, in Ilopango, El Salvador

Hurtado, 39, was commuting to his job as night cameraman for Canal 33's "Teleprensa" news program at around 7 p.m. when two men boarded the San Salvador-bound bus and shot him multiple times in the chest and head before fleeing into a neighborhood known for gang activity.

On May 31, 2012, a Salvadoran court found Jonathan Alexander Martínez Castro guilty in Hurtado's murder and sentenced him to 30 years in prison. Authorities also charged Marlon Stanley Abrego Rivas, who is currently a fugitive, for the crime, according to news reports.

Authorities reported that the men, who are members of the violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, targeted Hurtado because they believed he had identified another MS-13 gang member to the police as the perpetrator of a murder. News accounts reported that the gang members suspected the journalist because they knew he covered police operations against local gangs for Canal 33.


Medium: Television

Job: Camera Operator, Editor

Beats Covered: Crime

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Criminal Group

Impunity: Partial

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No


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