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Woman 'confesses' to killing Spain ruling party official for personal revenge

Published on May 14, 2014 8:52 PM
 
Pallbearers carry the coffin of Leon provincial council chief Isabel Carrasco into the cathedral during her funeral in Leon on May 13, 2014. A Spanish mother has confessed to gunning down a ruling-party politician in public in a long-planned act of personal vengeance that shocked the nation, a source close to the investigation told AFP on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - A Spanish mother has confessed to gunning down a ruling-party politician in public in a long-planned act of personal vengeance that shocked the nation, a source close to the investigation told AFP on Wednesday.

Isabel Carrasco, 59, renowned as a strong character who was Popular Party leader of the Leon provincial council, was shot repeatedly in broad daylight Monday as she crossed a footbridge near her home in the northern city.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leading Spanish politicians suspended European election campaigning and joined mourning for Ms Carrasco before her funeral in Leon on Tuesday.

A 55-year-old mother and her 35-year-old daughter, who had recently lost a bitter employment-related dispute with the Leon provincial council, were detained by police shortly after the shooting.

 
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