Hernández, 36, and her husband, Juan Francisco Rodríguez Ríos, 49, were shot dead at the Internet café they owned in the town of
Two unidentified gunmen broke into the café around 9:30 p.m.
and shot the journalists at close range. Rodríguez was shot four times, and
Hernández three times, the Mexico City-based daily Milenio reported. Both died at the scene. The couple’s 18-year-old
son was at the store during the attack but was uninjured, according to the news
Hernández, editor of the local weekly Nueva Línea, covered politics and social issues, colleagues said. Rodríguez
was a stringer for the newspaper El Sol
de Acapulco and a representative for the national Press Reporters Union. A
few hours before the attack, Rodríguez had covered a demonstration marking the
15th anniversary of a confrontation between peasants and state police known as
the Massacre of Aguas Blancas, according to Salomón Cruz Gallardo, a union
representative. (Police killed 17 people involved in a protest march in Coyuca
de Benítez in the 1995 case.)
A spokesman for the state prosecutor told CPJ that the killings
had occurred during a robbery. Local journalists were skeptical, saying an Internet
café in a small town is not likely to have much cash on hand.