It was an ugly day Saturday in Veracruz where 20 people were victims of assassination, including the head of the Federal Police in the state.
Juan Camilo Castagné and another senior officer were killed Saturday evening while eating in a restaurant in Cardel, La Antigua, shot down by four men who had taken a table near that of the police officers, according to surveillance video.
Governor Miguel Ángel Yunes yesterday announced a reward of 1 million pesos (US $56,000) for information regarding the four suspects.
He said Saturday was a sad day for the state, attributing the 20 murders to organized crime, whose “brutality and vileness” went to the extreme in the killing of a family of six in Coatzacoalcos. Four of the victims were children.
The attack gives an indication of “the dimension of what we’re up against, of the brutality, of the savagery of this group of individuals who want to control Veracruz,” the governor said.
A million-peso reward has been offered for information about that case as well, and a special prosecutor has been named to head the investigation.
Saturday’s murders took place throughout the state: three in Minatitlán, one in Las Choapas, two in Cosoleacaque, one each in Oluta and Pánuco and two in Orizaba.
Named to head the Veracruz office of the Federal Police in July 2015, Castagné was tough on pipeline thieves and organized crime “plaza chiefs,” state officials told the newspaper e-consulta following his death.
His final act was participating in the capture of 11 presumed kidnappers in Poza Rica. One day after that was announced, Castagné appeared at a press conference with the governor, who announced plans to go after a criminal gang that had issued a death threat against state Public Security Secretary Jaime Téllez Marié.