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Calif. School Official Slain in Mexico

Family members say an El Monte school board member was abducted and killed by armed gunmen while visiting family in Mexico for the holidays.

Carlos Salcedo says his brother, 33-year-old Agustin Roberto "Bobby" Salcedo, was found dead Thursday morning by Mexican authorities.

Carlos Salcedo says his brother and sister-in-law were out to dinner with friends Wednesday night in the city of Gomez Palacio in north central Mexico when armed gunmen stormed the restaurant and forced people to the ground.

Bobby Salcedo and five other men were abducted. Carlos Salcedo says the local police chief told his brother's wife that his body was found along with the five others Thursday morning.

His brother told the Los Angeles Times that Salcedo, who was born in the U.S. in a family of immigrants, wanted to give back to his community by becoming an educator. He had taught world history, government and economics - some of his students were inspired to become teachers themselves - before earning a master's in educational administration.

Bobby Salcedo was first elected to the school board in 2004 and was re-elected in November.

He was finishing his doctorate in educational leadership at UCLA.

El Monte's Mayor, Andre Quintero, told the Times that Salcedo was devoted to education and leadership, and volunteered at food drives and book giveaways.

"They didn't just take his life. They robbed him from our community," Quintero told the paper. "We have to get justice."

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