Marco Aurelio Martínez Tijerina

Beats Covered:
Local or Foreign:

Radio reporter Martínez, 45, was abducted July 9 and found
shot to death the next day in the city of Montemorelos,
state of Nuevo León, according to local news accounts. Gunmen in three
vehicles intercepted Martínez while he was driving in Montemorelos and forced
him into one of their vehicles, according to the Mexican press group Center for
Journalism and Public Ethics.

Local police found his beaten body along a rural road near
the northern border of Nuevo León. The journalist had been shot once in the
head, according to Agence France-Presse.

Martínez covered a variety of local topics, including
politics, but did not generally handle crime or other dangerous assignments,
according to a colleague. Martínez, a journalist with more than a decade of
experience, also worked as a correspondent for the national media outlets TV
Azteca and W Radio. Local authorities did not identify any suspects or disclose
a motive.