Mexico Mayor Murdered a Day After Taking Office

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( — January 3, 2016) — The mayor of a municipality in Mexico, Gisela Mota Ocampo, took office on Friday, the first day of the new year. The next morning, four armed men killed her in the doorway of her home, daily El Universal reports.

Morelos state security commissioner, Alberto Capella, said at a press briefing, the attackers entered Mota’s house in the morning, while her family was present.

After a short chase, the Police killed two armed men, and arrested three, Javier Perez Duron, Morelos attorney general said at a press conference.

Several mayors were killed last year in Mexico by drug cartels, which finance and arm local gangs, and completely control numerous local communities.

The Governor of Morelos (province where the town Temixco is located) confirmed the latest attack on Twitter and announced that the perpetrators “will not go unpunished”, CNN reports.

Gisela Mota Ocampo was born on March 13, 1982. In her bright political career, she was a former representative in Congress, member of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution and a respectable politician.

There is no information on the motives for the mayor’s murder, according to AFP.

Temixco is a city of nearly 100,000 people, located 60 miles south of Mexico’s capital, Mexico City. It is one of the cities with the highest crime rate in Mexico, divided by various narco-cartels, among which is the “United Warriors” cartel, suspected of the disappearance of 43 students in the neighboring Mexican state.

Mexico is one of the major countries for producing and transiting narcotics. This country is the main supplier of cannabis for the whole world.

Mexican drug cartels control about 70 percent of the narcotics which flow into the United States. According to the US State Department, about 90 percent of Colombian cocaine, which enters the US, goes through Mexico.