Gisela Mota, the mayor of Temixco, a city south of Mexico’s capital, was shot and killed in her Temixco home merely one day after taking office. Her attackers fired on federal police and soldiers from a vehicle in the pursuit that followed. Two of the assailants were killed and three others were detained. Graco Ramirez, the governor of Morelos state (where Temixco is located) said the attack had to be attributed to organized crime, without naming a specific gang or drug cartel. He promised there “would be no impunity” in her murder and said state officials would not give in to this “challenge from criminals.” Morelos is located right next to the drug cartel-plagued Guerrero state, and Temixco, a city of about 100,000 people, had been suffering extortion and kidnappings linked to organized crime. Mota had been a federal congresswoman and her leftist Democratic Revolution Party described her in a statement as “a strong and brave woman who on taking office as mayor, declared that her fight against crime would be frontal and direct.”
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