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California Man Murdered in Mexico

La Opinin, Editorial, Staff Posted: Jan 06, 2010

LOS ANGELES -- The slaying of El Monte school board member, Agustin "Bobby" Salcedo, during his recent vacation to Mexico is a new reminder of the ongoing violence claiming so many innocent lives in our neighboring country to the south.

It is tragic that a young Latino leader like Salcedo, with such a promising future in his community, has now been added to the list of victims of the violence and murders that have taken the lives of 7,724 people in Mexico in 2009.

According to recent reports, last December was Mexicos most violent month in the last five years and Durango, where Salcedo was murdered, is the second most violent state in the country after Chihuahua.
Salcedos death touches many Los Angelenos who knew him and his passion for education, community service and helping others. His brought these values to his work for the sister cities effort between South El Monte and Gomez Palacio, Durango, where his wife was born.

It seems that Salcedo was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was kidnapped and executed along with others.

In the past few years, the escalating violence perpetrated by the Mexican cartels for control over the drug trade has included revenge killings against civilians who confront or denounce them.

The governments military actions still have a long way to go to bring peace to a population at the mercy of the cartels.

Los Angeles mourns the loss of Salcedo. The void will be hard to fill in the high school where he worked as assistant principal and in the community where he served. This is the same ache that so many homes across the border feel day after day as well.

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