Sunday 25 September 2016

Killing of mayor of Mexican town 'warning from drug cartels'

Published 04/01/2016 | 17:30

Gisela Mota, new mayor of Temixco takes her oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony in Temixco, south of Mexico City on January 1, 2016.
Gisela Mota, new mayor of Temixco takes her oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony in Temixco, south of Mexico City on January 1, 2016.
Residents and relatives carry the coffin of newly-installed Temixco mayor Gisela Mota during her funeral at the Panteon cementery in Temixco, south of Mexico City
Residents and relatives carry the coffin of newly-installed Temixco mayor Gisela Mota along a street during her funeral in Temixco, south of Mexico City
Residents react during the funeral of newly-installed Temixco mayor Gisela Mota in Temixco, south of Mexico City, after Mota was shot dead on Saturday by four armed gunmen
Residents and relatives carry the coffin of newly-installed Temixco mayor Gisela Mota from her home during her funeral in Temixco, south of Mexico City

The governor of the southern Mexican state of Morelos says the killing of a mayor was a warning by drug gangs, meant to convince other officials to reject state police control of local forces.

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Governor Graco Ramirez says the killing of mayor Gisela Mota was meant to convince other officials to reject state police control of local forces.

He blames the Rojos gang for the killing. The Rojos and the rival Guerreros Unidos gangs have fought turf battles across the neighbouring state of Guerrero.

Mota took office as mayor of the city of Temixco on January 1 and was shot at her home on January 2.

Residents and relatives carry the coffin of newly-installed Temixco mayor Gisela Mota along a street during her funeral in Temixco, south of Mexico City
Residents and relatives carry the coffin of newly-installed Temixco mayor Gisela Mota along a street during her funeral in Temixco, south of Mexico City

Mr Ramirez said the killing was a "clear threat" to local officials not accept state police control, which is aimed at combating corruption in local forces.

Mr Ramirez told local media the gangs wanted to control local police "as happened in the past".

Residents react during the funeral of newly-installed Temixco mayor Gisela Mota in Temixco, south of Mexico City, after Mota was shot dead on Saturday by four armed gunmen
Residents react during the funeral of newly-installed Temixco mayor Gisela Mota in Temixco, south of Mexico City, after Mota was shot dead on Saturday by four armed gunmen

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