Javier Valdez, an award-winning journalist known for his investigatory reporting on cartels and drug trafficking inside Mexico, was gunned down yesterday in Sinaloa, near where he lived and worked.

“Even though you may have bullet-proofing and bodyguards, [the gangs] will decide what day they are going to kill you.” Valdez had once said, referring to cartel hitmen who have been executing a campaign against journalists who report on their activities in Mexico.

Government officials said Valdez was pulled from his car and shot to the death in the street as he drove through Culiacán, the state capital of Sinaloa.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Tweeted his condolences to Valdez’s family, and indicated he would be ordering an investigation into the crime.