Incident Summary:

11/29/2019: Assailants abducted Fidel Avila Gome in Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico. Gome, a La Ke Buena radio broadcaster manager and anchor, was killed and his body was discovered on January 7, 2019. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity La Ke Buena
Specific Description Broadcaster: Fidel Avila Gome
Nationality of Target Mexico
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 39
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The attack may have been related to protection money and the La Familia Michoacana crime group.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Committee to Protect Journalists: Missing Radio Anchor Found Dead in Mexico's Michoacan State," Targeted News Service, January 15, 2020.
"Missing Mexican radio host found dead on highway 40 days later,", January 10, 2020.
"Missing radio anchor found dead in Mexico’s Michoacán state," TravelWireNews, January 17, 2020.