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Three suspects arrested in murder of Mexican mayor including a female and one minor

January 3, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Three suspects arrested in murder of Mexican mayor including a female and one minor

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Mexican Public Safety Minister Alberto Capella confirmed that two of the suspects involved Saturday’s horrific execution of newly sworn in Temixo Mayor Gisela Mota, who had taken office just a day before, were killed in a shootout with security forces.

Police also arrested another three suspects including — a 32-year-old woman and two teens, one 18-year-old and the other a minor.

Gunmen brutally beat and shot Mota in the head execution style Saturday morning at her house in Temixco in the state of Morelos, 60 miles due south of Mexico City.

The Morelos state government released a statement, saying that police security forces located the vehicles of the alleged killers who fired at police officers.

Officials also said they found two Uzi semi-automatic weapons and ski masks in another car.According to Morelos Attorney General Javier Perez Duron, the suspected killers are suspects in other investigations but didn’t provide additional details.

According to Morelos Attorney General Javier Perez Duron, the suspected killers are suspects in other investigations but didn’t provide additional details.

Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez confirmed on Twitter yesterday the slaying of Mota was linked to organized crime,

Ramirez stopped short of mentioning the particular cartel involved. He also announced the implementation of special security measures for all mayors across the state.

Mota first served as a congresswoman before being sworn into the Mayor’s office on New Year’s Day.

Her 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.”

According to the Association of Local Authorities of Mexico, which represents mayors nationwide, nearly 100 mayors have been killed over the past ten years in Mexico “principally at the hands of organized crime.”

Last year alone several mayors were murdered by organized drug gangs, including Jerecuaro’s mayor-elect, who was killed this past June in the state of Guanajuato.

And the headless body of mayoral candidate, AidéNava González was discovered on the outskirts of the same town she hoped to lead, along with a “narcomanta” — a drug gang message — written on a sheet that covered her body.

Temixco has a population of 100,000, making it the fourth biggest city in the state of Morelos, which neighbors the state of Guerrero to the southwest, also plagued by drug and organized crime related violence.

The murders highlight the immense failures of the government institutions in Mexico, which have failed  to provide basic security for its citizens. Corrupt government and police officials are complicit in the high rate of crime ravaging the country.

In 2014, Secretary Alberto Capella, along  with the State Prosecutor, Jose Manuel Serrano, said they were investigating the possibility of the complicity of local government in criminal activity.

Capella summed up the problem in Mexico during the press conference, where he said,  “Criminal organizations couldn’t succeed anywhere in the world [without the help of] corrupt police, corrupt prosecutors, corrupt judges and corrupt institutions.”

Until Mexico is ready to implement real government and judicial reforms that put an end to the rampant corruption, the bloodshed will continue to get worse.

 

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