Two journalists were shot dead on Monday in Mexico’s Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.
The Veracruz State Prosecutor’s Office said via Twitter that it was investigating the murders of Yesenia Molinedo Falconi and Sheila Johanna García Oliveira, a reporter and director, respectively, of the online news site El Veraz in Kosoliac.
They are the 10th and 11th journalists killed in Mexico this year.
Veracruz State Prosecutor Veronica Hernández Giadance said the investigation would be completed, which includes ruling out her journalistic work as the motive for her murder.
The State Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists said two women were attacked outside a convenience store.
“We condemn this attack on the journalism profession of Veracruz, immediately monitor it and have launched an investigation,” the commission said.
His killing follows the ninth murder of a journalist this year in the northern state of Sinaloa. Prosecutors there said on Thursday that the body of Luis Enrique Ramírez Ramos was found on a dirt road near a junkyard in the state capital Culiacán.
Prosecutors said his body was wrapped in black plastic and that he died of multiple blows to the head.
Ramírez Ramos’ news website, Fuentes Fidedignas, or ‘trusted source’, said he was abducted near his home hours earlier.
The high rate of killings has made Mexico the deadliest country for journalists working outside war zones this year.
The victims, like those killed on Monday, are often from small, hyperlocal news outlets.