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Day of the Dead Attack: Executive Protection Beyond Armed Escorts

In a tragic attack that took place at the Los Cipreses Memorial Park Cemetery, located in Naucalpan, Mexico, during the commemoration of the Day of the Dead, two people lost their lives and another was injured. According to reports from the Attorney General's Office of the State of Mexico, the target of the attack was businessman Francisco Xavier "N", 41 years old, who died at the scene, while his escort lost his life on the way to the hospital.

According to testimonies gathered by the municipal police, the businessman entered the cemetery accompanied by a woman and his escort, who was carrying a gun. However, the attack was surprising and the escort had no opportunity to respond. Two armed individuals, presumably on a motorcycle, started shooting, which resulted in the death of the businessman and the escort, leaving the woman wounded. The assailants fled after the incident.

This tragic murder adds to a disturbing statistic in Mexico, where in the last 14 months, 13 protégés and 29 of their escorts have been murdered. This fact highlights the false sense of security that can come from having only armed escorts. Even ten protectors armed with long weapons could not prevent the ambush that took the life of the Secretary of Public Security of Coyuca de Benítez, Alfredo Alonso López.

It is clear that executive protection cannot be based solely on the presence of armed escorts. The numbers mentioned above demonstrate that this strategy is not only ineffective, but can also generate a false sense of security. It is necessary to adopt a comprehensive approach that includes a proper threat assessment and the implementation of multiple measures that reduce the protégé's exposure to risk and defuse attacks before they get close to the client in terms of time and space.

Executive protection must be a profession that inspires confidence and provides security for both protectees and protectors. It is time to re-evaluate current methods and adopt more effective approaches to properly manage the risks of those requiring protection. Only through proper threat assessment and the implementation of multiple measures that reduce the protectee's exposure to risk and defuse attacks early can we make this profession safer for both protectees and protectors.