(Christian Solidarity Worldwide) — A pastor from the Fraternidad Cristiana church was shot and killed in Oaxaca, south-west Mexico, on Aug. 18.
Alfrery Líctor Cruz Canseco was waiting in his car after a church service at the Fraternidad Cristiana church in the municipality of Tlalixtac de Cabrera when he was shot and killed. His attacker attempted to escape, but was prevented from doing so by members of the congregation, and subsequently handed over to the authorities.
The motive for the murder is not yet known; however, it follows a series of attacks targeting religious leaders, including the enforced disappearance of Pastor Aarón Méndez Ruiz on Aug. 3.
CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and congregation of Pastor Cruz Canseco. We also remain concerned for the wellbeing of Pastor Méndez Ruiz and urge the Mexican government to spare no effort in ensuring his safe return, investigating all of these crimes and prosecuting those responsible.”