General José Silvestre Urzúa, coordinator of the National Guard in Zacatecas, was assassinated during a confrontation

The general assumed the position of state coordinator of the National Guard in January 2022 (Twitter/@Mesaseg_Zac)
The general assumed the position of state coordinator of the National Guard in January 2022 (Twitter/@Mesaseg_Zac)

Through his verified Twitter account, David Monreal Ávila, the governor of the state of Zacatecas, confirmed the murder of the brigadier general Jose Silvestre Urzua padilla in the municipality of Pinos. According to the first versions, whoever was also the coordinator of the National Guard (GN) in said entity he lost his life after an operation that triggered a confrontation.

The local president, as spokesman for the State Table for the Construction of Peaceused his social network profile to confirm death of the general. Similarly, he sent his condolences and announced that he will report the details of the case as soon as possible.

“We report with regret the Death of General José Silvestre Urzúa Padilla, coordinator of the National Guard in the state. We send our condolences to his family and loved ones. I have issued instructions to report what happened as soon as possible. We will not rest in our fight to pacify the state and deal with crime, the desire to which the general gave his life. Rest in peace”reads in the profile of @DavidMonrealA.

For her part, the National Guard it also issued an obituary confirming the death of the commissioner of that institution. However, they detailed that “José Silvestre Urzúa Padilla lost his life in the line of duty, by participating in a joint operation against organized crime”.

Before settling in Zacatecas, the brigadier general found himself stationed in Acapulco, Guerrero (Twitter/@Mesaseg_Zac)
Before settling in Zacatecas, the brigadier general found himself stationed in Acapulco, Guerrero (Twitter/@Mesaseg_Zac)

According to information from Omar Hernández, a reporter for the media Millennium, The State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) of Zacatecas requested the support of the institution headed by Urzúa Padilla to direct a operational in the border area with the state of San Luis Potosí. The goal was break into safe houses located within the municipality of Pinos.

On deployment, as a result of the attack perpetrated by a group of armed civilians, elements of the FGE and the GN were injured, but the figure has not been confirmed. Some were transferred to hospitals located in the state of San Luis Potosí due to their proximity and urgency. For his part, the GN coordinator in Zacatecas was also transferred but lost his life in a hospital.

Before settling in the state of Zacatecas, Urzúa Padilla was a detachment in the area of ​​Acapulco, Guerrero, with the aim of reducing crime rates. However, given the rise in the numbers in the northern state, in November 2021 President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) announced the implementation of Plan Zacatecas II and requested their presence.

Thus, on January 4, 2022, Brigadier General José Silvestre Urzúa Padilla assumed the new position as coordinator of the GN in a ceremony led by the Mexican president at the facilities of the entity’s 11th Military Zone. Since then joined the State Table for the Construction of Peace to carry out the initiative of the federal government.

It is worth mentioning that the operation in which the coordinator was injured had its origin in the work plans carried out by the peace and security team, in compliance with the agenda of support for Zacatecas. In addition, in the hours prior to the unfortunate incident, the governor of the state recalled the anniversary of its implementationbecause the order issued by AMLO began its operations on November 24, 2021.

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