A regional correspondent for Paraguay’s largest independent newspaper, ABC Color, Medina, 53, was returning from a reporting trip outside the eastern city, Curuguaty, when his vehicle was intercepted by two camouflage-clad gunmen on a motorcycle, Néstor Cañete, the public prosecutor investigating the case, told reporters.
Cañete said Medina was shot four times in the face and chest with a 9mm pistol, received a shotgun blast to the face, and died at the wheel of his vehicle. He said on Friday that four suspects have been detained.
Antonia Maribel Almada, 19, who was Medina’s assistant and was riding in the vehicle, was also killed in the attack near the village of Villa Ygatimí, according to news reports.
He is the third journalist murdered for his work in Paraguay this year.