When Gisele Mota took office as mayor of Temixco, a city in the Mexican state of Moreno, she had big plans. Drugs and violence runs rampant in Moreno, and Mota was determined clean up the streets she was in charge of. However, those plans were dashed when the 33-year-old politician was gunned down on New Year’s Day, mere hours after she was sworn in. According to the LA Times, Mota’s assassination brings the count of murdered Mexican officials to close to 100 in the last decade.
The shooting took place at Mota’s home around early on Saturday morning. Mota’s bodyguards and police pursued the assailants and a shootout kicked off. Two of the assassins were killed and three were apprehended. Taken into custody were a 32-year-old woman, an 18-year-old man and a minor. They told authorities that they were paid 500,000 pesos (roughly $29,000) to kill the new mayor. It is believed that the assassins are affiliated with Los Rojos (“The Reds”), a local drug crew responsible for many of the bodies that fueled Mota to make a change in the community.
Los Rojos is also responsible for the March decapitation of Aidé Nava González, a woman poised to be mayor of Ahuacuotzingo in the state of Guerrero. On a message written on a sheet draped over her dead body, a note reading the following was left:
“This is what will happen to all the ——- politicians who don’t want to sign up, ——- turncoats. Yours sincerely, Puro Rojo ZNS.”