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San Diego journalists host vigil for reporters killed in Tijuana

Posted at 6:12 AM, Jan 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-29 11:00:01-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego and Tijuana journalists gathered Friday night in Little Italy to mourn their two colleagues killed in Tijuana in just a week.

The San Diego/ Tijuana Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists hosted the vigil to honor these reporters, and condemn the killings. The vigil took place at the Mexican Consulate.

As a backdrop, there were several pictures displayed of journalists murdered in Mexico over the years.

Less than two weeks ago, photojournalist Margarito Martinez was killed outside of his home and just six days later, Lourdes Maldonado was murdered at her home.

During the vigil, organizers also read the names of dozens of journalists killed in recent years.

Since the start of the year, a total of three journalists have been killed, the third, in the state of Veracruz.

Reporters on both sides of the border are calling on the Mexican government to hold the killers accountable, and for journalists to be able to report the truth without fear of death.

"It's heartbreaking. It makes us angry to feel that there's not much we can do," Andrea Lopez-Villafaña, San Diego/Tijuana Chapter of NAHJ president, said. "But, you know, using our voices to raise more awareness, really calling for justice."

After the latest murders, the Baja California attorney general announced that a special prosecutor has been assigned to investigate the killings.