US embassy in Mexico homages Javier Valdez on Facebook

A month after the death of the journalist, the embassy posted the image of Valdez with a black ribbon in sign of mourning
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The United States embassy in Mexico posted a photo of journalist Javier Valdez in its Facebook profile picture, a month after his murder when he was heading to the offices of the weekly journal Río Doce, in the state of Sinaloa.

The picture shows the American flag in color and the image of Valdez with a black ribbon as a sign of mourning.

The co-founder of Semanario Río Doce and one of the most prominent journalists on drug dealing in Sinaloa, Javier Valdez Cárdenas, was murdered by armed men in a car, who shot him 12 times with two types of handguns.

According to Juan José Ríos Estavillo, the state prosecutor, Valdez Cárdenas, 50 years old, was going to the Río Doce offices, in the Jorge Almada neighborhood, when he received a direct attack. He informed that on the Aquiles Serdán Avenue the assailers abandoned the car, which is being investigated by prosecutors in search of evidence.

Last May 15, US ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson condemned the slaying of Javier Valdez.

In her Twitter account, the diplomat reminded that he was the 5th journalists murdered this year and the 6th in Sinaloa since 2000.

“Javier Valdez won the International Award for Freedom of Speech in 2011. He was murdered today. #TruthIsNotKilledByKillingJournalists”


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