Slain Mexican mayor sacrificed herself to save family
Temixco (Mexico) (AFP) - When gunmen burst into her home, the freshly-installed mayor of Temixco, south of Mexico City, told them to leave her family alone and surrendered to them, witnesses recalled.
Gisela Mota, who lived with her parents, was still in her pajamas on Saturday morning when the masked commando jumped a wall and stormed the house.
The 33-year-old single woman’s parents were home along with her newborn nephew, whose grandmother was preparing to give him a bottle.
The assailants beat up her relatives until Mota “gave herself up so that they would let the others go,” said the mayor’s mother, Juanita Ocampo.
“I told them that if they wanted to kill me, they should kill me first,” Ocampo told reporters. “But she told them, ‘I am Gisela.’ They took her because she was very brave.”
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Link found between Mexican mayor’s killing and cartel dispute
The murder of Gisela Mota, mayor of the central Mexican city of Temixco, is linked to a dispute between rival gangs for control of police departments ahead of the implementation of a unified command system, Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez said.
“In the past few weeks, the threats increased” against mayors who supported having their local departments assigned to a unified command under the Morelos state police, the governor told Radio Formula.
The threats were made by the Los Rojos and Guerreros Unidos gangs, which have been fighting for control of the state and “are determined to take advantage of this political situation (the start of the terms of several mayors) and again take, like before, control of the police,” Ramirez said.
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Bishop condemns murder of Mexican mayor
Bishop Ramon Castro of Cuernavaca celebrated the funeral Mass of Mayor Gisela Mota
A Mexican bishop has condemned the murder of a local mayor who was assassinated a day after she assumed office.
Bishop Ramon Castro Castro of Cuernavaca, in comments published by the newspaper Reforma, who celebrated her funeral Mass, asked: “How is it possible that all of a region of the state is in the hands of organised crime, that people are paying protection money?”
“This is evidence of our reality,” Bishop Castro said on Sunday outside the home of slain Mayor Gisela Mota in Temixco, about 50 miles south of Mexico City in Morelos state. “I’ve been saying it for some time and pleading, and no one has been able to do anything.”
He said Mota’s murder sends the message, “If you don’t cooperate with organised crime, look at what’s going to happen to you.”
“This crime is a signature act that characterises the failed public security system in the state,” he said at the funeral. “I hope and pray to God that Gisela’s death helps to make us all more conscious.”
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