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Cancun television cameraman one of two shot, killed walking down street

Cancun, Q.R. — Two people were shot and killed on the streets of Cancun Wednesday, one of which was a local television cameraman.

Javier Rodríguez Valladares, a young cameraman with Channel 10 news in Cancun, was shot and killed while walking along a street with a friend. The shooting occurred at 5:00 p.m. in SM 29 of Cancun on Caleta Street.

Official details of the shooting have not yet been released, however, preliminary reports say the cameraman and his friend were likely in the wrong place at the wrong time. Neighbors report hearing gun shots before seeing two men laying on the ground. A blue car with tinted windows then reportedly fled the scene.

Javier Rodríguez Valladares

Emergency personnel were called and arrived to confirm that both men were deceased. Only Rodríguez Valladares has been identified. The identity of the second man has not been released.

A statement released first thing Thursday morning by La Fiscalía General del Estado says their investigation in still in progress and that “In a preliminary manner, we know that the cameraman was outside his work schedule and not wearing company clothing, so for the moment, his death is not being ruled as a direct attack on freedom of expression.”

The death of Javier Rodríguez has shocked journalists in the city. Local journalists and correspondents expressed their bewilderment and demand a thorough investigation.

In July, local journalist Rubén Pat was shot and killed in central Playa del Carmen. He was known to be a controversial journalist who reported mostly on police incidents and social complaints. He was the second person from the online outlet, Playa News, to be killed.

In June, a former police officer-turned-journalist, José Guadalupe Chan Dzib, was shot and killed in the southern town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. He was also a writer for Playa News.