On Friday, Gisela Mota was sworn in as the new mayor of Temixco, Mexico. On Saturday, four gunmen stormed into Mota’s home and murdered her.
Mota was elected as a member of the leftist party. According to The Guardian, she had had a career as a federal member of congress before being elected as mayor to Temixco, a city of 100,000 people 60 miles south of Mexico City.
Temixco, “the city of eternal spring,” was once a vacation spot for residents in Mexico City, but because it’s along a major drug route in disputed cartel territory, it’s become dangerous enough — with kidnappings and murders on a regular basis — to drive tourists away from the region in recent years.
Graco Ramirez, the governor of Morelos, blamed the drug cartels for the murder.
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) January 6, 2016
According to CNN, two adults and a teenager have been arrested in connection with the murder.
The drug war has made it a dangerous time to be a mayor in Mexico, especially if you’re someone interested in doing right by your town and cracking down on crime. Just last month, a candidate for mayor from the leftist party in Morelos was kidnapped, only to be recovered the same day.
Mota was thirty-three years old.
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