U.S. officials not yet ready call death in Mexico a suicide

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 9:08 PM

MCALLEN, Tex (Reuters) - Authorities said on Monday they were not yet ready to declare the death of a South Texas prosecutor in a Mexican border city as a suicide.

Officials have not confirmed the circumstances that led to the death in Matamoros, Mexico of Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Arturo Jose Iniquez, 26, of Rancho Viejo, Texas.

"The information we have at this point is that no weapon was used," Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos said in a written statement responding to reports that he committed suicide. "We are still not ready to call it a suicide."

Iniquez first joined the district attorney's office in 2007 as a law clerk and was recently promoted to first chair misdemeanor attorney. He is survived by his wife, Lorena Garza Iniquez and 2-year-old daughter, Camila. Funeral arrangements are pending.

"Our office has a family atmosphere and his death is a shock to all the staff," Villalobos said.

Matamoros is a city of about 489,000 residents across the U.S.-Mexico border from Brownsville, Texas.

(Reporting by Jared Taylor; Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Greg McCune)