Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was shot dead during a rally

Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio has died after suffering three headshots after one Attack by a group of assassins at the end of an election rally in Quito, the country’s capital, ahead of August 20 elections.

Villavicencio, former trade unionist and candidate of the Construye movementwas transferred to the Women’s Hospital, where his death was confirmed, according to his personal friend and campaign adviser, Dr. Carlos Figueroa, reported in statements collected by the newspaper “El Universo”.

The Ecuadorian public prosecutor’s office has announced this Death of a suspect after being injured during the shooting between the killers and the security guards. “A suspect injured in a shootout with security personnel was arrested and taken to the Quito Flagrancy unit with serious injuries. A fire department ambulance confirmed his death. The Ecuadorian police proceeded with the removal of the body,” the public prosecutor’s office published on their account on the social network X, formerly Twitter.

Six people were arrested overnight allegedly involved in the assassination of the candidate. The arrests came during a series of raids in Conocoto and San Bartolo, two neighborhoods of the Ecuadorian capital, the Ecuadorian Prosecutor’s Office reported through its official channels.

At least nine people were injured in the attack

At least nine injured left the attack. The wounded are Part of the rally participants that Villavicencio was performed in a coliseum in a busy and central neighborhood of Quito, where an unidentified person opened fire on the candidate as they exited to occupy the presidential seat of Ecuador in the extraordinary parliamentary elections scheduled for next Sunday, August 20 were scheduled.

Among the wounded is one Candidate for the assembly and two police officersspecified the public prosecutor’s office, which collects evidence together with the police at the scene of the crime and at the medical center where the victims were transferred.

Villavicencio, a “tireless fighter” against the Mafias

The Construye movement has expressed its opinion on the social network X “Dismay and pain” at the death of Villavicenciowhom he described as a “tireless fighter” against the mafia and even denounced his political connections.

“At a time when criminals are murdering citizens and authorities, to remain silent and to hide is an act of cowardice and complicity (…) I reaffirm my decision to continue the daily struggle until we defeat the Mafia”, Villavicencio explained when the party proposed to abandon the election campaign following the assassination of Manta Mayor Agustín Intriago, who was shot multiple times on July 24.

Lasso condemns the murder

“Outraged and shocked by the assassination of the presidential candidate.” Fernando Villavicencio. My solidarity and condolences go out to his wife and daughters. For his memory and for his fight, I assure you that this crime will not go unpunished,” the country’s President Guillermo Lasso posted on his X account.

The President has convened the Security Cabinet, which will be attended by President of the National Council of Ecuador (CNE), Diana Atamaint, Attorney General Diana Salazar, President of the National Court of Justice, Iván Saquicela, and other state authorities. “Organized crime has come a long way, but the full force of the law will fall on it,” added Lasso.

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