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Director of Miss World Mexico executed hours after crowning new winner

August 9, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Director of Miss World Mexico executed hours after crowning new winner

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Authorities in the Mexico say seven people were executed over the weekend in the state of Sinaloa including the director of the Miss World in Mexico.

According to Proceso, police found the bullet-riddled body of 38-year-old Hugo Ruben Castellanos Jimenez, the director of the Miss World Beauty contest around 8 pm Sunday, in the back of an abandoned Jeep Cherokee.

Officials said the Castellanos Jimenez died from multiple gunshot wounds just hours after crowning Melissa Carolina Lizárraga Miss Sinaloa.

The state attorney general, Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez revealed at a press conference that the shooting of Ruben Jimenez was likely a direct hit and not an attempted robbery.

Higuera Gomez said there remained two active lines of inquiry but did not disclose whether the killing of Ruben Jimenez was a cartel-related hit, Vice News reported.

Beauty pageants in Mexico have had links to the drug trade especially in the state of Sinaloa home to the infamous Sinaloa cartel.

The most famous example was that of the Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the notorious leader of the Sinaloa cartel, who married Emma Coronel,  a former beauty queen on her 18th birthday in 2007. 

Many had insinuated that El Chapo influenced votes in a  beauty contest by throwing an extravagant party in her honor before the event took place.

In 2012, María Susana Flores Gámez was the reigning Miss Sinaloa, who was killed in a gunbattle between Mexican Marines and Sinaloa Cartel gunmen.

At the time of her death, Flores Gamez was with her boyfriend Orso Gastélum Ivan Cruz, alias El Cholo Ivan, a high-ranking Sinaloa cartel operative who was the subject of a manhunt by the Mexican military.

Authorities also arrested Laura Zúñiga Huizar, another reigning Miss Sinaloa with a reputed leader of the Juárez drug cartel in 2008. 

Police held Zúñiga Huizar for 40 days before releasing her due to a lack of evidence.

The death of Castellanos Jimenez was the latest in a string of homicides that occurred in Sinaloa over the weekend.

Since the capture of ‘Chapo’ Guzman back in January, violence in the state has surged as several groups vie for territorial control of drug trafficking routes.

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