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Eco-pacifist politician murdered in Valencia

Vicente Marco Reyes was also a gay-rights activist

Police are investigating the violent death of Vicente Marco Reyes, the Madrid candidate for the Eco-pacifist green party, who was found dead in his Valencia home on Sunday.

Alejandro Escribano, the Valencia mayoral candidate for the fringe greens, spoke out in praise of Marco on Monday, adding: "We hope the police find out who is behind this despicable act."

Escribano ruled out political motives for the death of the 50-year-old lawyer- who specialized in defending the rights of the gay community- as well as robbery, as the victim's home was apparently untouched.

Juan Costa, also an Eco-pacifist party member, was less circumspect. He told Spanish news agency Efe that Marco's "defense of the rights of the [gay] collective and his political role made for an explosive cocktail."