The official was reportedly executed while he was in his vehicle. (Special)

On the night of March 13, an armed attack was recorded in the town of Tlajomulco de Zuniga, in Jalisco. According to initial information, it was at 7:16 p.m. that a man, aged about 55, was hit several times by projectiles from firearms.

A few hours later, it was officially confirmed that the victim was Alfredo Velasco Lares, internal audit manager of the Administration Secretariat of the Government of Jalisco. He was allegedly assaulted while in his vehicle, a white 2017 Toyota Prius.

After reporting the attacks, officers from the Tlajomulco Police Station went to Bosques de Santa Anita Avenue, at the intersection with Camino a las Moras, Bosques de Santa Anita neighborhood.

When they arrived at the scene, they saw Velasco Lares inside the unit with multiple gunshot wounds. Moments later, with the arrival of paramedics from the municipal emergency services, the official’s death was confirmed.

Velasco Lares had been a municipal official in Zapopan before joining the state government.  (Special)
Velasco Lares had been a municipal official in Zapopan before joining the state government. (Special)

hours at 9:42 p.m. the state governor, Enrique Alfaroshared the news via his social networks and expressed his grief over the facts.

“Investigations are ongoing and we will not rest until we find those responsible and clarify the facts. From the bottom of my heart, my condolences to his family, colleagues and loved ones on this terrible loss.” , wrote the president on his Twitter account.

For its part, the prosecution shared a preliminary report in which it details that elements of the police also arrived at the point where the murder would have been perpetrated. Intentional Homicide Unit to begin investigations, so that it is possible to identify the person or persons responsible.

Likewise, until the early hours of March 14, the personnel of the Jalisco Institute of Forensic Sciences continued the work of fixing and collecting evidence within the framework of the expert inspections, while the stretcher-bearers of the Forensic Medical Service (Semepho) transferred the body of Alfredo Velasco to their premises to carry out the legal autopsy.

According to the local press, relatives of the official went there to identify him.

According to the official’s curriculum vitae, consulted by GlobeLiveMedia Mexico through the National Transparency Platform (NTP), Velasco Lares obtained a law degree in 2009, which he studied at the University of Guadalajaraand has taken several courses with bodies such as the Amparo Bar Association (CADEAM), the Federal Institute of Magistracy and the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV).

Prior to becoming the head of the State Government Finance Audit Office, Velasco served as an adviser to the Congress of Jalisco and worked in the Deputy Minister’s Office Rosa Alba Ramirez Nachiswho is the director of the Women’s Meeting and Care Center (CREA).

Velasco entered the civil service field in 2005, when he joined the Fourth Civil Court of the First Judicial Party as an assistant.

In 2017, he became a member of the Cabinet of Zapopan Municipal Government, to the Secretary of the Municipal Council. That same year he became adviser to the adviser in this demarcation and later he came to the Congress of Jalisco, in 2018, to work with the deputy Ricardo Rodriguez Jimenezwho currently holds the position of Secretary of State Administration.

So far, the identity of the person or persons who allegedly carried out the apparent killing of the official, as well as the possible motive for the crime, are unknown. According to unofficial versions, Alfredo Velasco was responsible for various tendering processes and reviewing contracts.

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