Ruben Espinosa
Photojournalist Ruben Espinosa is seen in Xalapa, Veracruz, in this January 20, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer

Just a few weeks ago, Mexican journalist Ruben Espinosa had to go to Mexico’s capital exiled from his home state of Veracruz because, according to Proceso, where he collaborated, he felt him and his family’s life were at risk. Sadly, shortly after he made it to Mexico City, Espinosa’s family lost contact and freedom of speech advocacy group, Article 19, called authorities to activate protocols to find a missing journalist. But Espinosa was found dead along with four other women, in an apartment in the Narvarte neighborhood of the city.

As the investigation of the heinous crimes continues, Federal District Attorney Rodolfo Ríos has announced that a former police officer, identified as Abraham Torres Tranquilino, has been arrested for his presumed role in Espinosa’s murder. Torres formerly worked for the Federal District Public Safety Secretariat until he was charged for torture and later convicted of abuse of authority. "He was sentenced to a term of four years and eight months in prison, winning his release on October 29, 2012," Ríos said.

A judge has yet to determine along with prosecutors, what Torres’s level of involvement was in the case. His photograph is not being released at the moment per a request from the Federal District Human Rights Commission. According to authorities, the extent of Torres’s role in the murders will be determined by Tuesday at the latest.

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