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At a gathering for the next presidential election in Ecuador, a candidate who ran on a platform against gangs and corruption was fatally shot.
As he was leaving the event in the nation’s capital, Quito, on Wednesday, Fernando Villavicencio, a member of the national assembly, was attacked.
He is one of the few candidates that has suggested a connection between organized crime and Ecuadorian government figures.
According to President Guillermo Lasso, organized crime was responsible for the murder.
Historically, Ecuador has been a reasonably peaceful and stable nation in Latin America, but in recent years, violence has skyrocketed due to the growing influence of the Colombian and Mexican drug cartels, which have infiltrated local gangs.
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Last month, Fernando Villavicencio was assigned a security detail after receiving threats from a gang known as Los Choneros.
After he was killed, a video with heavily armed guys wearing balaclavas taking credit for the killing surfaced on social media. The men identify themselves as members of Los Lobos (The Wolves), an enemy of Los Choneros.
A few hours later, however, another video of a different group of men—this time without masks—claiming to be members of Los Lobos—denying their involvement in the murder—appeared online. They claimed that the first video was an attempt by their rivals to frame them for the crime.
Prior to the presidential elections on August 20, both gangs have significant authority, and the violence they have sown has been one of the main worries of Ecuadoreans.
Despite not being in the lead and polling in the center of the pack, Mr. Villavicencio, a married father of five, was one of eight candidates in the first round of voting.
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