Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Unconfirmed: Alfredo Antonio Hurtado

Canal 33
April 25, 2011, in Ilopango, El Salvador

Hurtado, 39, was commuting to his job as night cameraman for Canal 33's "Teleprensa" news program at around 7 p.m. when two men boarded the San Salvador-bound bus and shot him multiple times in the chest and head, according to local press reports and CPJ interviews.

The assailants, believed to be gang members, fled into a neighborhood known for gang activity. News reports citing police said that none of the journalist's possessions were taken and that no suspects had been apprehended.

Police were investigating several possible motives for the killing, news reports said. Narciso Castillo, director of Canal 33, told CPJ that Hurtado's journalistic work had not been ruled out, citing his coverage of gang violence. Hurtado, who was also an editor, had worked with "Teleprensa" for two years, Castillo said.

Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.

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