A blatant assassination attempt has taken away one of the truly good guys in Mexican politics.
After appearing at a local debate for a federal congressional seat, former mayor Fernando Puron Johnston was brutally murdered.
Just Standing There
Surveillance video taped the assassination — and the footage is quite disturbing.
Johnston had just finished up at a debate and was standing outside the auditorium talking to people.
You can see a man stalking the area for about 30 seconds before he made his move.
Then, suddenly, the bearded man starts to approach Johnston from behind.
When he gets within a few steps, he pulls a gun from his waistband.
When he is within a couple of feet of Johnston, he puts the gun directly to his head and fires a shot.
Johnston immediately fell and the gunman shot him several more times in the chest, then left the scene.
You can see the video below, but beware — the content is quite graphic:
A police manhunt immediately ensued.
However, as of this writing, the suspect has not yet been captured.
Johnston was a true beacon of light in corrupt world of Mexican politics.
He made his reputation while serving as the mayor of Piedras Negras, a Mexican border city.
While in office, he became a thorn in the side of local organized crime.
Johnston focused much of his efforts on cleaning up seedy bars and cantinas in the area.
In addition, he tried to crackdown on known brothels and bars that were being used by local crime syndicates as fronts.
Considering his reputation, it would be a fairly safe to assume that local criminals wanted him out of the way before he had any chance of taking over a congressional seat.
It’s a shame.