Friday 9 December 2016

Mexican mayor murdered by gunmen within hours of taking office

Published 04/01/2016 | 08:37

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. Mota, the newly installed mayor of the Mexican city of Temixco was killed on January 2, 2016, according to a tweet from Morelos state Governor Graco Ramire
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. Mota, the newly installed mayor of the Mexican city of Temixco was killed on January 2, 2016, according to a tweet from Morelos state Governor Graco Ramire
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, after Mota was shot dead on Saturday by four armed gunmen, January 3, 2016

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

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Gisela Mota 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.

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, after Mota was shot dead on Saturday by four armed gunmen, January 3, 2016
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, after Mota was shot dead on Saturday by four armed gunmen, January 3, 2016

Local police later arrested two alleged attackers, while killing two others, according to a statement issued by the Morelos attorney general's office.

The statement did not provide further details of the attack.

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

Temixco, located some 60 miles (100 km) south of Mexico City, has a population of about 100,000.

Mota, a former federal member of Congress, belonged to the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution.

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