Reporter Santiz and cameraman Antonio de León were driving
to Telecentro 13’s offices in Guatemala
City just after 5 p.m. when two gunmen on a motorcycle
fired several times at their car, according to local news reports and CPJ
interviews. Santiz, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene, while de León was
hospitalized with head, jaw, and chest wounds.
Santiz, a 30-year veteran, was well-known in Guatemala,
local journalists told CPJ. He had covered the police beat for about half of
his career. Elsie Sierra, a spokeswoman for the TV station, said the journalist
had received threats, although she said it was not clear whether they were
linked to a specific story.