HomeNewsBrief'Zetas' Kill Ex-PRI Leader's Son in Coahuila
BRIEF

'Zetas' Kill Ex-PRI Leader's Son in Coahuila

MEXICO / 4 OCT 2012 BY EDWARD FOX EN

The son of a former PRI leader has been gunned down in the northern state of Coahuila, with the hit allegedly ordered by Zetas leader Z-40 as revenge for the killing of his nephew.

Jose Eduardo Moreira, son of former Coahuila governor and ex-leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Humberto Moreira, was found shot dead near Ciudad Acuña on October 3. He was a state employee and his uncle, Ruben Moreira, is the serving governor of Coahuila, reported Milenio.

According to the Associated Press, federal police, soldiers and criminal investigators have been deployed to the area to track down the assailants. 

The motive for the killing is so far unclear. However, one possibility to emerge is that it could have been a revenge attack by the Zetas leader Miguel Treviño Morales, "Z-40." According to Blog del Narco, state sources said that Z-40's nephew was among five people killed on Wednesday in a shootout with Mexican forces. This line is reportedly being investigated though officials have refused to publicly speculate about the motive.

Humberto Moreira described his son as a "clean youth ... [who was] dedicated to his work."

InSight Crime Analysis

If reports are true that this was indeed a revenge killing ordered by Z-40, it would be a particularly bold move by the embattled Zetas leader. Since it emerged in July that Z-40 had split with Zetas commander Heriberto Lazcano, alias "Z-3," he has been locked in a battle with a rival Zetas faction headed  by the recently captured Ivan Velazquez Caballero, alias “El Taliban."

Though El Taliban's capture may well ease internal pressure on Z-40, the battle has brought the attention of Mexico's federal forces with one deployment made to Coahuila in August and another promised last week. The killing of Moreira is only going to up the pressure, making it questionable as to whether Z-40 would indeed have ordered the murder.

However, as there is so far no indication that Moreira was involved in any criminal activity, and if Z-40's nephew was definitely among those killed October 3, revenge cannot be ruled out, no matter how risky a move it may be for the Zetas leader.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

HOMICIDES / 8 JAN 2013

Authorities in the northern Mexican city of Torreon may close down as many as 17 businesses following a…

MEXICO / 15 NOV 2012

Mexico's president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, plans to reorganize the government's security agencies, handing greater powers to the Interior Ministry,…

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / 1 NOV 2010

A report in Milenio describes how the Zetas control the human trafficking trade in the central state of Hidalgo,…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…