Mother, daughter arrested in fatal shooting of Spain politician | Inquirer News

Mother, daughter arrested in fatal shooting of Spain politician

/ 05:07 AM May 13, 2014

Police officers cover the dead body of Leon provincial council chief Isabel Carrasco in Leon on Monday, May 12, 2014. Officials said the wife and daughter of a police inspector were arrested on suspicion of gunning down Carrasco. AFP PHOTO/FELIX MERINO

LEON, Spain—Spanish police arrested a mother and daughter suspected of shooting dead a ruling party politician in broad daylight Monday in apparent revenge after the younger woman lost her job.

Officials said the wife and daughter of a police inspector were arrested on suspicion of gunning down Isabel Carrasco, conservative leader of the provincial council in Leon, northern Spain.


Police put a white sheet over Carrasco’s body as it lay on a pedestrian bridge above the Bernesga River in the northern university city.


Police rolled it away on a stretcher and began dusting the bridge for fingerprints, an AFP photographer saw.

The killing of Carrasco, 59, a longtime local leader of the governing Popular Party, shocked the Spanish political world and halted their European election campaigns.

Officials said an assailant fired several bullets at Carrasco in the late afternoon. The two women were arrested shortly afterwards and police are investigating whether they killed the politician.

“It seems that the daughter was fired yesterday from the council where she worked as an engineer,” an interior ministry spokesman told AFP.

“For that reason, everything indicates that it was personal vengeance,” he said.

“The police are carrying out tests to find out who fired the shots,” he added. “The gun has not been found.”


The national government delegate in the Castilla y Leon region, Ramiro Ruiz Medrano, called it “a tragic act without explanation” and said Carrasco was not known to have received any threats.

He said the two women were “the wife and daughter of a police inspector.”

A strong character

Spain has seen many political killings over its history, but the interior ministry said Carrasco’s did not look politically motivated.

Numerous PP officials were assassinated in the 1990s and early 2000s in killings blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA, which announced an end to violence in 2011.

“Everything points to it being a personal act of vengeance unrelated to her public position,” an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said of Monday’s attack.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other politicians from the ruling party and the main opposition Socialists said they were canceling official engagements.

Rajoy said on Twitter he was “dismayed by the murder of Isabel Carrasco,”

“My condolences and support to her family and friends. Now is the time to be united,” he wrote.

Besides being head of the Leon provincial council, Carrasco was also leader of the party for Leon province.

“The Popular Party expresses its deepest sorrow and announces the suspension of all acts planned for today,” the ruling party said in a statement.

The Socialist Party, too, issued a statement expressing its condolences over the killing and suspended its campaign events on Monday.

A lawyer by training, Carrasco was born in the province of Leon and held various provincial and regional posts, according to her biography on Leon city hall’s website.

She had led the Leon provincial council since 2007.

The local newspaper Diario de Leon described her as a “powerful character.”

“Despite her small size, her very strong character and the way she took the reins of power caused her to be known as the ‘super-delegate,’” it wrote.

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“It was precisely this character and the power she accumulated that earned her numerous political rivals.”

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