Mexican federal judge slain in city outside capital

MEXICO CITY - A Mexican federal judge was slain Monday in the state of Mexico, which borders the capital.

Vicente Antonio Bermudez Zacarias was a district court magistrate for appeals and civil judgments in the city of Toluca, according to a statement from the Supreme Court. He was killed in nearby Metepec.

President Enrique Pena Nieto, speaking to an international gathering of judges in Mexico, lamented the news and said he had instructed the attorney general's office to lead the investigation.

Various Mexican media outlets reported that he was shot in the head while exercising outdoors. There was no immediate word on a possible motive.

The Supreme Court called for a timely and thorough investigation and also held a moment of silence in Bermudez's memory.

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