The Killing of Juan Pérez Guardado, Brother-in-Law of Mexican Senator Ricardo Monreal

Serving as director of Social Development, Pérez Guardado was assassinated by armed civilians in Fresnillo, intensifying violence concerns.

Juan Pérez Guardado was the director of Social Development for the Fresnillo City Hall in Zacatecas, Mexico. He was also the brother-in-law of prominent Mexican senator Ricardo Monreal Ávila.

Pérez Guardado had previously served in the same position at Fresnillo City Hall from 2010-2013 during the administration of Mayor Juan García Paez. He held various leadership roles within the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) political party, including heading a delegation in Mexico.

In 2021, Pérez Guardado was the political coordinator for Saúl Monreal Ávila’s successful campaign for Fresnillo municipal president. Saúl Monreal Ávila is Pérez Guardado’s other relative besides Senator Ricardo Monreal.

The Killing

On the morning of February 7, 2023, Juan Pérez Guardado was carrying out a cleaning initiative near the Industrial neighborhood of Fresnillo as part of his director duties. According to initial reports, armed civilians arrived on the scene and shot him at point-blank range.

Members of the State Preventive Police (PEP), National Guard, and Mexican Army quickly cordoned off the area. Experts from the State Attorney General’s Office then performed forensic examinations.

When medical responders arrived, Pérez Guardado showed no vital signs. In response, Zacatecas Secretary General of Government Rodrigo Reyes Mugüerza announced an immediate security operation and search for the perpetrators.

Reactions and Aftermath

Senator Ricardo Monreal promptly traveled to Zacatecas following his brother-in-law’s murder. The Morena party Senate delegation released condolences.

Pérez Guardado’s killing adds to a string of homicides in Fresnillo. Just the previous Sunday, two armed attacks took five lives across the municipality. The State Government says it will continue pacification efforts across Zacatecas.