Mexican officials said Sunday they are pursuing all lines of investigation into the torture and killing of a photojournalist whose body was found in Mexico City, where he had fled because of harassment in his home state.
But the killings may have had to do more with the four women found dead alongside Ruben Espinosa, 31, who worked for the investigative magazine Proceso and other media, Mexico City prosecutor Rodolfo Rios Garza said in news conference.
Rios did not identify the other victims, only giving their ages as 18, 29, 32 and 40. He said they are focusing on the crime as a feminicide, though they have not discarded other motives.
Espinosa sustained severe injuries to his face before he was killed, said Dario Ramirez, director of the Article 19 free press advocacy group. Rios said all of the victims were shot in the head with a 9 mm weapon. They showed signs of resisting and had abrasions from fighting back.
Espinosa and the women were found dead late Friday in an apartment in a middle-class neighborhood near central Mexico City. The women showed signs of sexual assault before being shot, Ramirez said. The building was in range of several security cameras on the street and Rios said they have video evidence in the crime, though he did not elaborate.