Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was shot and killed at a political rally in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. President Guillermo Lasso confirmed the incident and expressed his determination to bring the perpetrators to justice. The killing is part of a recent surge in violence in Ecuador, with drug trafficking and violent crimes on the rise. Villavicencio, 59, was a candidate for the Build Ecuador Movement and was known for his strong stance against corruption, particularly during the tenure of former President Rafael Correa. He had filed numerous legal complaints against high-ranking members of the Correa government. Several others were injured by shrapnel during the incident, although the exact number has not been confirmed by authorities. Villavicencio leaves behind a spouse and five children.