29-Year-Old Councillor Shot Dead While Filming Video About Poor Road Conditions

Diana Carnero, an Ecuadorian councilwoman, was fatally shot dead in broad daylight shortly after concluding a meeting, in front of a crowd of onlookers.

While recording a video on the poor road conditions, Diana Carnero, aged 29, was chairing a council meeting in the town of Naranjal in Guayas on Wednesday afternoon when she was attacked.

According to The Mirror, police reported that two male suspects approached her on a motorcycle, shot her in the head, and then fled the scene.

Ecuador’s Attorney General’s Office said it would be leading the investigation but so far there have been no arrests.

Ecuador is in the grips of a crime wave tied to drug trafficking gangs.

Ecuadoreans worry the violence will only escalate in a country where a presidential candidate was assassinated last year.
Two weeks ago, President Daniel Noboa declared an emergency and a virtual war on the gangs by authorising the military to act against them. Many people are staying at home and schools and stores have been shuttered as soldiers patrol the streets of Ecuador’s biggest cities.

Carnero ran under the Citizen Revolution Movement, the democratic socialist political party that was formed by backers of former President Rafael Correa and was elected to the Naranjal city council in February 2023.

Correa, who served as president from 2007 to 2017, paid tribute to Carnero on X (formerly Twitter).

He wrote: “Diana was 29 years old. This is a nightmare. A hug to her family and all of Naranjal. When you have children of that age, you understand what their parents must be suffering. They cut short the life of a promise for Naranjal and the Homeland. What a disgrace!”

Guayaquil deputy mayor Blanca López also wrote on X, saying: “This must end, wanting better days for our cantons, provinces and country cannot mean putting our lives at risk.” Carnero’s assassination came just one day after Guayas Governor Alberto Molina met with law enforcement in Naranjal to address the recent wave of violence.

Councilman Charbel Rouhana, 50, was shot dead in front of his home in the coastal town of Yaguachi on October 24, 2023.

Bolivar Vera, 42, a councilman in Durán, was found dead on September 8, a day after he was abducted.
In August, presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, 59, was assassinated after leaving a campaign event in Quito.

In July, the mayor of Manta, Agustín Intriago, 38, was shot dead while inspecting works.

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