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State Lawmaker Hacked To Death In Mexico; Motive Unknown But Possible Robbery

JUAREZ, MEXICO - MARCH 21:  Mexican police investigate a violent incident on March 21, 2010 in Juarez, Mexico. The border city of Juarez has been racked by violent drug related crime recently and has quickly become one of the most dangerous cities in the world. As drug cartels have been fighting over ever lucrative drug corridors along the United States border, the murder rate in Juarez has risen to 173 slayings for every 100,000 residents. President Felipe Calderon in 2009 disbanded the corrupt local police force and sent 10,000 soldiers to Juarez, but the violence has raged on. With a population of 1.3 million in Juarez, 2,600 died in drug-related violence last year and 500 so far this year, including two Americans who worked for the U.S. Consulate last weekend as they returned from a children's party.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

JUAREZ, MEXICO - MARCH 21: Mexican police investigate a violent incident on March 21, 2010 in Juarez, Mexico. The border city of Juarez has been racked by violent drug related crime recently and has quickly become one of the most dangerous cities in the world. As drug cartels have been fighting over ever lucrative drug corridors along the United States border, the murder rate in Juarez has risen to 173 slayings for every 100,000 residents. President Felipe Calderon in 2009 disbanded the corrupt local police force and sent 10,000 soldiers to Juarez, but the violence has raged on. With a population of 1.3 million in Juarez, 2,600 died in drug-related violence last year and 500 so far this year, including two Americans who worked for the U.S. Consulate last weekend as they returned from a children's party. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  (2010 Getty Images)

Four men hacked a state legislator to death with machetes and wounded a journalist who was apparently talking to him on the side of a highway Wednesday in the western Mexico state of Michoacan.

Lawmaker Osbaldo Esquivel Lucatero had stopped with his brother to meet with the journalist on the outskirts of Morelia, the capital of Michoacan. While the two were talking, four men pulled up in a car and attacked the legislator and the journalist.

The legislator's brother drove the men to a hospital, where Esquivel Lucatero died. The journalist suffered serious injuries.

Acting state prosecutor Marco Vinicio Aguilera said robbery might have been a motive.

Aguilera did not release the name of the journalist or the news outlet he worked for, citing the need for security.

Both journalists and local officials have been the targets of killings in recent years in Michoacan, where drug violence is so bad that some communities have formed self-defense groups.

Esquivel Lucatero was the former mayor of Buenavista Tomatlan, a town in one of the state's most violent areas.

He had been arrested in a 2009 sweep along with more than 30 Michoacan state and local officials who were accused by federal prosecutors of protecting the La Familia drug cartel. All of the charges were later dismissed

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