by Photo by Manuel Ocaño

Journalists from Baja California and San Diego County bid farewell to their colleague Margarito Martínez Esquivel, who was murdered this week with a weapon previously used in other crimes in Tijuana.

Sonia de Anda, the regional leader of journalists, condemned the death of the expert photojournalist in covering police stories, who worked for media such as the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Zeta, and Frontera among dozens more.

"Today we are in mourning, but starting Monday we are going to seek justice," De Anda said during a vigil in the Rio area of ​​Tijuana.

The 49-year-old photojournalist was remembered in the testimonies of many journalists with whom he worked throughout his professional career of more than 20 years.

They recalled that "he taught us to walk in the streets (of Tijuana at night) and to take care of ourselves," that "he taught us a dedication to work, that's why he worked for so many media," they expressed admiration that "he always had a very good humor, despite the difficult, often cruel, source it covered."

Many journalists from the United States who knew him and could not get to Tijuana to say goodbye sent condolences and messages of solidarity with the journalists on the border between Tijuana and San Diego.

Margarito “4-4” Martínez was killed about a month after a self-appointed social media communicator falsely accused him on live video of running Facebook pages in which drug traffickers attack each other.

The person responsible for these accusations is on probation and his followers have harassed Tijuana journalists who have demanded justice for photographer Margarito Martínez.

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