General José Silvestre Urzua, coordinator of the National Guard in Zacatecas, lost his life in action.
How did General Jose Silvestre Urzua die?
The government of Zacatecas mourned the death of General Jose Silvestre Urzua, who oversaw the state’s National Guard.
The commander of the Mexican National Guard in Zacatecas state was killed during an operation against organized crime on Thursday, officials said.
— Guardia Nacional (@GN_MEXICO_) November 25, 2022
Governor David Monreal Ávila of the Morena party acknowledged this, saying that justice would be served for this Thursday’s killing in the city of Pinos.
Defense Minister Rosa Isela Rodríguez announced on Twitter that General José Silvestre Ursua, one of the highest-ranking officers of the militarized police force and head of its Zacatecas unit, died in the line of duty.
Four National Guardsmen were also injured in the confrontation, according to the state attorney general’s office.
General Jose Silvestre Urzua Cause of Death:
Members of organized crime killed the coordinator of the National Guard, General José Silvester Urza Padilla. The incident happened in Zacatecas after about six hours of fighting.
Urza Padilla was injured and airlifted to the Secretariat of Public Security for treatment. Three constables and two investigating police officers were injured in the encounter. The deaths of at least five suspects have also been recorded.
♦️ The Plenary of the Chamber of Deputies observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims of violence in Zacatecas and for the death of the state coordinator of the National Guard in that state, General Joséilla. https://t.co/20R3CTjSpq
— Chamber of Deputies (@Mx_Diputados) November 25, 2022
The National Guard coordinator died when the plane landed in the city of Guadalupe, a few meters from the military zone, upon arrival at the hospital.
Zacatecas Confrontation – Confrontation with the Gunman:
General José Silvestre Urzua died after a confrontation with a gunman. Conflicts between criminal gangs have made the central Mexican state of Zacatecas one of the most violent countries in the world. Gang fights are common in Zacatecas over drug trafficking. Last year, the state reported 1,050 murders, 200 more than in 2020.
Lawmakers this month authorized extending the military’s role in maintaining public safety through 2028 in an effort to reduce violence.
Additionally, Congress has decided to give military command over the National Guard. After taking office in late 2018, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador backed the National Guard to fight organized crime and eradicate widespread police corruption in its predecessor, the Federal Police.
Tributes to General Jose Silvestre Urzua–
Hasta esta hora, las 19, ninguna reaction del Comandante Supremo de las Fuerzas Armadas @lopezobrador_a la muerte del General José Silvestre Urzúa Padilla, coordinador estatal de seguridad en Zacatecas. Asi la distanza
Fermin Salgado commented,
Olvidense de los besos y abrazos esa gente no perdona
Francisco Reyes commented,
Pero bos morena y el gran panochan disen que todo esté bien!
Eli Ramos posted,
Killed during the clash was General Jose Silvestre Ursua, coordinator of the National Guard in #Zacatecas. Information in progress.
Guadalupe Castillo commented,
Descanse en paz Dios lo reciba en su santa gloria pronta resignationación a sus familiares.
Hasta cuando va a dejar de pasar eso pero dijera Lopez obrador abrazos y no balazos ya ti están las consecuencias Lastima q no apruebe los derechos d los militares porque si ellos militares de matans perqoenta los los agar pendiciones para todos deos les cute su camino a gada An@ de Ustedes
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