Who could guess that the Mayor would be murdered

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We followed the road from one Roman bridge to anoher. This bridge was a lot smaller than the one we passed at Alcantara some 20 km down the road. The scenery around the bridge was really nice and especially the view towards Segure that was sitting white on the nearby hill top. The river that the brigde crossed was the border between Spain and Portugal and I liked the sign in the middle of the bridge signaling the border between the countries. 

Driving into the village was quite steep coming from narrow roads. The center of the village was cozy with all the white houses and narrow streets, but little would we know that this village one week later would be offer for a double murder: The murder of the mayor of Segura and her husband shocked the people of La Raya.

 The double murder of the president of the Parish Council of the Portuguese town of Segura, Sobreiro Lourdes, 55, and her husband, Jose Sobreiro, 59, shocked the council of the Municipality of Idanha-a- Nova and populations near Caceres Segura as Piedras Albas or Zarza la Mayor.

The couple was killed in the morning of the 12th of June, when a 62 year old man shot them with a shotgun. As reported by the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha the mayor died instantly and although her husband was assisted at the scene nothing could done to save his life and resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful.

The digital newspaper reports related disputes "to waste dumpings" may have been the source of the shots that ended the life of Lourdes and Jose.

 The incident took place, around 10:30, when the shooting suspect, Jose Torres, a contractor for 62 years, presented himself at the headquarters of the Parish Council. The contractor has had to pay fines for waste deposition in prohibited places. At the headquarters of the Parish Council was also a neighbor who had come to pay a small bill and who is the only witness to the murder. The murder suspect is being accompanied and attended at all times by a psychologist at the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM). The suspect is being held at the office of the GNR Zebreira

Jose Torres, in the town known as "Zé Manel de las obras" had in September last year attacked the mayor due to disagreements related to a local party. At that time, the alleged murderer had caused minor injuries to the mayor Lourdes Sobreiro when he hit her in the face with a note book.

The neighbors of the suspect have defined the him as a conflicted person and in recent times had such incidents happened even to court cases that are still ongoing and face the Parish Council and Jose Torres.

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