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Officials: Mexican activist had fled, shot when he returned

  • FILE - In this May 31, 2003 file photo, jailed anti-logging activist Isidro Baldenegro, 39, speaks to a reporter at the Parral prison, south of the U.S. border in Mexico. The Mexican indigenous leader who was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005 was shot dead less than a year after another winner of the award was slain in Honduras. The Chihuahua state prosecutor's office said the now 51-year-old was killed Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at a home in the town of Guadalupe y Calvo. (AP Photo/Pablo Aneli, File)

    FILE - In this May 31, 2003 file photo, jailed anti-logging activist Isidro Baldenegro, 39, speaks to a reporter at the Parral prison, south of the U.S. border in Mexico. The Mexican indigenous leader who was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005 was shot dead less than a year after another winner of the award was slain in Honduras. The Chihuahua state prosecutor's office said the now 51-year-old was killed Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at a home in the town of Guadalupe y Calvo. (AP Photo/Pablo Aneli, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 31, 2003 file photo, jailed anti-logging activist Isidro Baldenegro, 39, speaks to a reporter at the Parral prison, south of the U.S. border in Mexico. The Mexican indigenous leader who was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005 was shot dead less than a year after another winner of the award was slain in Honduras. The Chihuahua state prosecutor's office said the now 51-year-old was killed Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at a home in the town of Guadalupe y Calvo. (AP Photo/Pablo Aneli, File)

    FILE - In this May 31, 2003 file photo, jailed anti-logging activist Isidro Baldenegro, 39, speaks to a reporter at the Parral prison, south of the U.S. border in Mexico. The Mexican indigenous leader who was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005 was shot dead less than a year after another winner of the award was slain in Honduras. The Chihuahua state prosecutor's office said the now 51-year-old was killed Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at a home in the town of Guadalupe y Calvo. (AP Photo/Pablo Aneli, File)  (The Associated Press)

Human rights officials say an Indian environmentalist shot to death in Mexico had fled his community almost 10 years ago and was killed when he returned to visit a sick relative.

Raramuri Indian leader Isidro Baldenegro was the second winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize to be slain in two years.

The U.N. Human Rights Commissioner and Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Friday that Baldenegro left the community of Coloradas de la Virgin after receiving threats and was shot when he returned Sunday.

Baldenegro led an anti-logging campaign in the Tarahumara mountains, some of northern Mexico's last old-growth forests.

He was jailed in 2003 for alleged illegal arms and marijuana possession, but the charges were dropped a year later after prosecutors said police committed abuses.