Sunday, 3 January 2016

Gruesome Murder Of Mexico Mayor In Her Home Less Than A Day After Taking Office

Mota was killed just a day after being sworn in as mayor of Temixco in the Mexican state of Morelos, which is a disputed drug-cartel territory
Mayor Gisela Mota

The mayor of a city south of Mexico's capital was shot to death on Saturday, less than a day after taking office, officials said.

Four gunmen burst into the house of Mayor Gisela Mota, 33, in the city of Temixco - which is in disputed drug territory about 60 miles south of Mexico City - and killed her, said the government of Morelos state, where Temixco is located.

Two of Mota's alleged attackers, who have not been named but are pictured above, were captured by police. The other two alleged gunmen were killed by police
Two of the alleged attackers

Local police later arrested two alleged attackers, while killing two others, according to a statement issued by the Morelos attorney general's office. The alleged attackers have not been named.

Several mayors were killed last year in Mexico, where armed gangs financed by the drugs trade control many local communities. 

Residents of Mota's neighborhood react and look on after hearing news of the newly elected mayor's murder
Neighbourhood reacts after learning about the murder

Mota's leftist Democratic Revolution Party released a statement describing her as 'a strong and brave woman who on taking office as mayor, declared that her fight against crime would be frontal and direct'.  

Mota, who had been a federal congresswoman, was sworn into office on New Year's Day. She was killed the following day. Mota is not the first mayor and government workers to be killed allegedly by organized crime.