Funeral held for assassinated Mexican mayoress

With Gisela Mota’s casket on shoulder, family members and friends plodded to the cemetery in Temixco on January 4 in the state of Morelos, 100 kilometers south of Mexico City.

An embrace or a handful of petals was apparently not enough for them to express condolence to the 33-year-old mayoress of Temixco, who was shot dead at home on January 2, just within 24 hours of taking office.

After the funeral, the government also paid its homage to Mota, a left-of-center politician who had pledged to clean up the organized crime and drug trafficking.

(Soundbite) GRACO RAMIREZ, Governor of Morelos
“The government and institutions of Mexico will not surrender to the criminal challenge. We go for the front with any decision to restore and give security to all people of Morelos.”

According to preliminary investigation, the assassination of Mota by gunmen at her home partly arose from her swear-in message of fighting against local crime.

In the past decade, drug violence has taken over 100,000 lives in Mexico, including around 30 mayors.

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