Unknown assailants gunned down Candido Rios Vazquez, a crime reporter for the newspaper Diario de Acayucan, alongside a highway in Hueyapan de Ocampo, in Veracruz state on the afternoon of Aug. 22, 2017. Rios, who had stopped to speak with a former police inspector he knew, died on the way to a hospital. The former police inspector and another person also died in the attack. Rios reportedly was in the Mexican federal government’s mechanism for protection of journalists and human rights workers. Colleagues said he had received threats for his work, including repeated threats since 2012 by a former mayor of Hueyapan de Ocampo.