© Reuters. Ecuadorean presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio speaks throughout a marketing campaign rally in Quito, Ecuador August 9, 2023. REUTERS/Karen Toro
By Alexandra Valencia
QUITO (Reuters) -Ecuadorean presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was killed on Wednesday, President Guillermo Lasso stated, vowing the homicide won’t go unpunished.
Native media had earlier reported Villavicencio, a former lawmaker who had been polling at 7.5% voting intention, had been shot at a marketing campaign occasion in Quito.
“For his reminiscence and his struggle, I guarantee you that this crime won’t stay unpunished,” Lasso stated on X, the social media platform previously often known as Twitter. “Organized crime have gone very far, however all the burden of the legislation will fall on them.”
Lasso stated he would host high safety officers at an pressing assembly.
Movies on social media purportedly from the marketing campaign occasion confirmed folks taking cowl and screaming as gunfire sounded.