JUAREZ, Mexico, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Mexican journalists say they're still determined to write about drug violence despite the risks even though one of their own was gunned down three years ago.
Journalist Armando Rodriguez, who was shot 11 times in front of his children Nov. 13, 2008, was remembered Sunday at a memorial event.
"Those who ordered the killing of Armando were wrong because those who are left are more seasoned and we are working," Luz del Carmen Sosa, a reporter for El Diario de Juarez newspaper, told CNN. "Those who believed we were going to take step back, they were wrong."
She took over Rodriguez's crime beat after his death. His colleagues say they think he was targeted because of his coverage of drug cartels in Juarez, including the violent turn the border city took as the cartels became more entrenched.
Local reporters said the still-unsolved killing was the first of many that targeted journalists, CNN said.
Since 2000, 74 journalists have been killed in Mexico, 14 since 2010.
Del Carmen Sosa said she is prepared to take full responsibility, even death, for her work.
"Unlike Armando Luis Carlos [Rodriquez], I'm alive," del Carmen Sosa said. "I try to be responsible with my journalism and I have no fear."