Mexican journalist Julio Valdivia found beheaded near train tracks

A Mexican journalist who covered crime in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz was found beheaded near train tracks this week, according to local reports.

Julio Valdivia, 44 — who specialized in “nota roja” journalism, focusing on grisly stories in a state plagued by gang violence — was discovered “beheaded and tortured” in the remote Tezonapa municipality, according to a staff member at the Diario El Mundo newspaper where Valdivia worked.

It initially appeared that Valdivia had been run over by a train, but the prosecutor’s office ruled that out, the staffer said.

Valdivia is the fourth journalist killed in Mexico this year.

Last year, about half of all journalist murders worldwide occurred in Mexico, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

A view of the site where the body of journalist Julio Valdivia was found in TezonapaA motorcycle is seen at the site where the body of journalist Julio Valdivia was found in Tezonapa

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