Grief overruled her family, after 33-year-old Gisela Mota was shot dead at home on January 2, just within 24 hours of taking office as mayor of Temixco City in Morelos State, about 100 kilometers south of the capital, Mexico City.
(Soundbite) ALBERTO CAPELLA, Security Commissioner of Morelos State
“Police located a Nissan Sentra vehicle, which carried the crew shooting her with guns. We repelled the attack and killed two suspects.”
Mota, a left-of-center member of Congress, had pledged to clean up the organized crime and drug trafficking in Temixco.
(Soundbite) CARLOS CALTENCO, Secretary General of Temixco Government
“We firmly believe that there were interests who felt threatened in terms of her swear-in speech yesterday.”
In the past decade, drug violence has taken over 100,000 lives in Mexico, including around 30 mayors.