Mayor of Mexican city of Temixco murdered one day after she took office


Gisela Mota was murdered Saturday, one day after she took office as mayor of Temixco. TONY RIVERA/AP

The newly installed mayor of the Mexican city of Temixco was killed on Saturday, according to a tweet from Morelos state Governor Graco Ramirez.

Gisela Mota, 33, formally took office with the new year on Friday. Mexico City newspaper El Universal said she was attacked at her home by four armed gunmen.

Around 7:30 a.m., the assassins entered Mota’s home, beat her and then shot her in the head, according to El Economista. Paramedics arrived at 7:50 a.m. and confirmed she was dead.

Afterward, the suspects tried to flee in a van, but police followed in hot pursuit and exchanged fire with the suspects before killing two of them. The other two were taken into custody, according to Telesur.

Ramirez referred to Mota as a “young and beloved companion,” but said he would not be intimidated by her death.

“We will not relent,” he wrote.

Ramirez also tweeted about the capture of the suspects and said, “We will not return to before. There will be no impunity.”

Several mayors were killed last year in Mexico, where armed gangs financed by the drug trade control many local communities.

One notably gory death was not a mayor but a mayoral candidate, AidéNava González.She was found on the outskirts of the town she hoped to represent, decapitated and with a “narcomanta” — a drug gang message — written on a sheet that was draped over her body.

In June, Jerecuaro’s mayor-elect was killed in the state of Guanajuato.

Mota was killed in Temixco, located some 60 miles south of Mexico City. The city boasts a population of about 100,000, making it the fourth-largest city in the state of Morelos.

Investigators look for evidence at the crime scene.

Investigators look for evidence at the crime scene. MARGARITO PEREZ/REUTERS

The capital of Morelos, located just south of Mexico City, has often been cited as one of Mexico’s most violent cities.

The U.S. Department of State website urges travelers to Morelos to “exercise caution … due to the unpredictable nature of organized crime violence.” The site also lists Morelos as one of the top five states in terms of numbers of kidnappings.

Police took into custody two suspects in the murder of Gisela Mota. 

Police took into custody two suspects in the murder of Gisela Mota. @DIARIODEMORELOS/VIA TWITTER

Mota, a former federal member of Congress, belonged to the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution. The party initially formed in the late 1980s and, early on, was the target of political assassinations, according to author Dan La Botz.

Mota was a Veracruz native and the first female mayor of Temixco, El Universal reported.

Local residents and a soldier are seen outside the house of Gisela Mota after her murder.

Local residents and a soldier are seen outside the house of Gisela Mota after her murder.PEDRO PARDO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Officials with the Morelos attorney general’s office did not immediately return calls seeking additional information about the new mayor’s death.