Nature reserve activist shot to death in central Mexico

Unidentified gunmen have shot to death a lawyer and activist who defended a rural tract against development near the Mexican city of Cuernavaca. (MGN)
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MEXICO CITY (AP) Unidentified gunmen have shot to death a lawyer and activist who defended a rural tract against development near the Mexican city of Cuernavaca.

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission issued a statement Tuesday condemning the killing of Isaac Medardo Herrera on Monday night. His neighborhood activist group in Jiutepec,

Morelos posted a statement saying the killers knocked on the door of Herrera's home and shot him, before fleeing.

Herrera had led a fight over at least four years to stop plans to build a housing development on an environmentally sensitive wooded tract in Jiutepec, just south of Cuernavaca.

At least 15 land defenders were killed in Mexico in 2019.