Mexican Cartel Likely Killed Mayor Hours After She Was Sworn In

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter
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Alleged cartel-affiliated killers shot Mayor Gisele Mota to death in her home in the Mexican town of Temixcowas hours after being sworn in Saturday.

Authorities killed two of Mota’s assailants and arrested an 18-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman and a minor in connection to her murder.

Since the mayor’s murder, Gov. Graco Ramirez of Morelos State where Temixco is located, has taken control of all local police units. According to BBC World News, “Local police forces are often infiltrated by the gangs.”

Mota was part of an increasingly vocal and large movement of Mexican politicians in Morelos State who were advocating for state-level control of local police units. Mota was formerly a member of the Mexican Congress.

Morelos is known to be one of the most drug-ravaged and crime-ridden states in Mexico. In spite of the state’s problems, half of its mayors do not want local police units to be controlled by the state.

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