Martínez, 45, a reporter for the Montemorelos-based radio station XEDD La Tremenda, was picked up on Friday evening by unidentified assailants, according to the reports. Gunmen in three vehicles intercepted Martínez while he was driving in Montemorelos and forced him into one of their vehicles, the Mexican press group Center for Journalism and Public Ethics, known as CEPET, said.
Local police found his beaten body on Saturday along a rural road near the northern border of Nuevo León. The journalist was shot once in the head, according to Agence France-Presse.
Martínez covered various local beats, including local politics, but he stayed away from dangerous assignments like crime reporting, according to a reporter at La Tremenda who requested anonymity out of fear of retribution. Martínez, a journalist with more than a decade of experience, also worked as a correspondent for TV Azteca and W Radio.
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Local authorities have not identified any suspects, nor disclosed any motives for the crime. CPJ continues to investigate whether Martínez’s death was related to his work.