In a devastating attack on Wednesday, Ecuadorian National Assembly member Fernando Villavicencio was shot and killed after an event in Quito. According to reports from local media, cited by BBC News, the incident happened as Villavicencio was getting into a car.
Immediately responding to the news of this senseless tragedy, current President Guillermo Lasso took to social media with his condolences and outrage: “My solidarity and condolences to his wife and daughters. For his memory and for his fight, I assure you that this crime will not go unpunished.” He went on to call for the Security Cabinet to urgently meet in Carondelet, inviting the President of the CNE Diana Atamaint, State Attorney General Diana Salazar, and the President of the National Court of Justice Iván Saquicela to join him in seeking justice for Villavicencio’s death.
The tragic loss of this important figure has left Ecuadorian citizens in a state of shock and dismay. In the face of yet another senseless act of violence, we must remember Villavicencio’s commitment to his country and fight for justice in his name.
Ecuador is in mourning following the death of presidential candidate, Marcelo Villavicencio. The former lawmaker was shot and killed on Wednesday evening during a campaign event in northern Quito.
In response to this tragedy, Luisa Gonzales, another presidential candidate, declared her solidarity with his family and vowed that “this vile act will not go unpunished!” Daniel Nobo Azin, another candidate, condemned the attack, emphasizing that it was an affront to democracy and peace in Ecuador.
The attorney general’s office has since reported on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) that a suspect has died from injuries sustained during a shootout with security personnel. An ambulance from the fire department confirmed the suspect’s death and police are now collecting the cadaver.
Villavicencio, a 59-year-old journalist, was one of eight candidates running for president in the August 20th election. Everyone in Ecuador is urging for justice to be served in order to restore peace and heal wounds inflicted by such an awful act of violence.