Ecuador’s youngest mayor shot dead

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BBC Online :
Ecuador’s youngest mayor, Brigitte García, has been shot dead.
The 27-year-old and her press officer were found dead in a car on Sunday in the town of San Vicente, where she had won the mayoral election last year.
No arrests have been made so far and it is not clear what the motive may be.
Ms García is the latest politician to be killed in the Andean country, which last year was rocked by the assassination of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio.
The bodies of Ms García and communications director Jairo Loor were found in the early hours of Sunday, local time.
Police said the shots which killed them had been fired from inside the car they had rented.
Ms García, a nurse, had been elected mayor of San Vicente for the opposition Citizens’ Revolution party last year at the age of 26.
San Vicente, the town she governed, is located in the province of Manabí.
The coastal region has been particularly badly hit by violence linked to drug gangs which smuggle cocaine to lucrative markets in the US and Europe.

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