Joseph Hernández Ochoa

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Hernández, 26, an entertainment journalist and host for
Tegucigalpa-based Channel 51, was driving colleague Karol Cabrera home when two
unidentified gunmen fired on them in a neighborhood known as El Chile, press
reports said. Hernández, shot several times, died at the scene. Cabrera, a host
with private station Radio Cadena Voces, was hospitalized with gunshot wounds
to the left arm, news reports said.

News accounts suggested that Cabrera had been the target of
the attack. Cabrera, who hosted a television show on state-owned Channel 8
during the interim government of Roberto Micheletti, said she believed
supporters of ousted leader Manuel Zelaya were behind the attack, press reports
said. Cabrera’s daughter, Kathleen Nicole Rodríguez Cabrera, was fatally
shot in December 2009 under similar circumstances, according to press

Cabrera said she had received several anonymous death
threats by phone before the shooting and had been assigned a police
escort, press reports said. The officer was at Cabrera’s home at the time of
the attack, according to news reports.

Hernández hosted the program “Encuentros” on Channel 51 and was studying journalism at the National University of Honduras.