Reporter Who Covered Violence in Mexico Found Dead, Becomes 6th Journalist Killed in Country in 2018

People look at newspapers at a newsstand in Mexico City on July 13, 2015. (Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

People look at newspapers at a newsstand in Mexico City on July 13, 2015. (Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

As a reporter for the Mexican newspaper Excelsior, Hector Gonzalez Antonio frequently chronicled the violence engulfing his home state of Tamaulipas.

Recent topics included one shootout that interrupted an Easter parade, another that killed six innocent bystanders and a group of people searching for disappeared loved ones. In January, Gonzalez wrote about the killing of a Tamaulipas journalist who was stabbed to death while waiting with his family at a stoplight.

This week, Gonzalez became another victim of what he once described as “the crisis of insecurity” in Tamaulipas. His corpse was found Tuesday on a dirt road in the state capital, Ciudad Victoria. He had been bludgeoned to death, according to the state prosecutor’s office, which has not discussed possible motives.

Gonzalez is the sixth journalist killed this year in Mexico, one of the deadliest countries in the world to practice journalism. Eleven journalists were slain here last year.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.