Journalists Killed  |  Guatemala

Abel Girón Morales

El Periódico

October 22, 2008, in Guatemala City, Guatemala

Girón, a graphic designer for the national daily El Periódico, died outside his home in Guatemala City after being shot with an arrow. Witnesses quoted in El Periódico said the arrow was fired from a black SUV that had been parked in front of Girón's Guatemala City home for at least three hours.

The journalist was struck in the heart and died at the scene, according to local news reports and CPJ interviews. Local authorities told reporters they would not make leads public because it could damage the investigation.

Two El Periódico journalists survived violent attacks in the months prior to Girón's death. It was unclear whether the newspaper was targeted or caught up in the widespread violence in Guatemala's capital, according to CPJ research.


Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.


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