Ecuador presidential candidate assassinated
Fernando Villavicencio, an anti-corruption presidential candidate in Ecuador's upcoming election, was killed after shots were fired at a campaign rally in the capital, Quito, Wednesday, the country's president confirmed.
- "I assure you that this crime will not go unpunished," he said. "Organized crime has come a long way, but the full weight of the law is going to fall on them."
The big picture: Villavicencio was known for speaking out on connections between government officials and organized crime, the New York Times notes.
- The 59-year-old former journalist was one of eight presidential candidates taking part in early elections, which were scheduled for Aug. 20.
- Violence related to narcotics trafficking has escalated over the past five years in the previously mostly safe country, per the NYT.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.