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Murder of Mexican mayor meant as warning by drug cartel: Morelos Governor

January 4, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Murder of Mexican mayor meant as warning by drug cartel: Morelos Governor

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According to the governor of the southern Mexican state of Morelos, the brutal execution murder of the newly sworn in mayor of the city of Temixco on Saturday was a message by drug cartels, warning other political officials to reject state turning over control of local police forces to the state.

Governor Graco Ramirez said in a news conference that the assassination of Mayor Gisela Mota was a warning to other officials to reject the transfer of control of local police forces over to the State police.

Mota, a native of Veracruz and the first female mayor of Temixco, was brutally beaten and shot in her head around 7:30 am Saturday morning, just one day after she was sworn in as the Mayor of Temixco.

Ramirez also revealed the Los Rojos, a drug gang responsible for many murders throughout Morelos and the neighbouring state of Guerrero, are behind Mota’s murder.

Police managed to kill two of the suspects during an exchange of gunfire; another three were arrested, including a 37-year-old woman and two teens, one 18-years-old, the other an underage minor.

State Attorney General Javier Perez Duron said that the “full weight of the law would be applied against those responsible for the execution of the mayor of Temixco.”

Duron added that one of the suspects arrested, admitted they were paid $500,000 pesos to commit Mota’s killing.

Los Rojos and the rival Guerreros Unidos cartel have been involved in a violent turf war in the state of Guerrero. In the past two months, alone there have been a shocking 324 deaths in the state.

The conflict between both cartels may have played a role in the 2014 disappearance of 43 missing students, who are assumed dead, around the city of Iguala.

The rate of homicides in Mexico is on the rise. Morelos has the fourth highest murder rate in Mexico. Last year the state registered a 23.17% rate of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Guerrero registered first with 51.12%, Sinaloa with 30.36%, and Chiapas with 23.80%.

Last year drug cartels killed several mayors in Mexico. Since Mota’s slaying, the Morelos Governor announced new security protocols for all of the serving mayors in the state.

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