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A day after the newly inaugurated mayor of a city in central Mexico was gunned down in a brazen shooting at her home, three people, including a minor, were taken into custody for questioning by authorities, reports The Associated Press.

Gisela Mota, 33, a former federal lawmaker, had been sworn in as mayor less than a day before she was shot and killed in her home on Saturday morning in Temixco, Mexico.

The AP reports that Gov. Graco Ramírez of the state of Morelos, which contains Temixco, said organized crime was responsible for the killing and “ordered more security measures for all of the state’s mayors, though he gave no details on what that involved,” the report says.

Ms. Mota’s center-left 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.” Bishop Ramón Castro Castro of the nearby city of Cuernavaca celebrated Mass at Ms. Mota’s home on Sunday and later spoke critically of a state where some areas are in control of organized crime.“One theory could be that it was a warning to the other mayors,” Bishop Castro said to reporters. “If you don’t cooperate with organized crime, look at what will happen to you. It’s to scare them.”


Temixco, with about 100,000 people, is a suburb of Cuernavaca, a city famed among tourists for its colonial center, gardens and jacaranda-decked streets. “The city of eternal spring” was long a favorite weekend getaway for people from nearby Mexico City.

Government officials have not yet indicated which criminal organization might be involved in the killing.

SOURCE: The New York Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter


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