MEXICO CITY – The mayor of a city south of Mexico’s capital was shot to death on Saturday, less than a day after taking office, officials said.
Gunmen entered the house of Gisela Mota in the city of Temixco and killed her, said the government of Morelos state, where Temixco is located. Two other people died in the attack and two suspects have been have been detained, said Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez in the statement.
Officials attributed her killing to organized crime.
Temixco is plagued by organized crime and rampant drug trafficking — problems the mayor had vowed to help clean up.
Mota’s leftist Democratic Revolution Party released a statement describing her as “a strong and brave woman who on taking office as mayor, declared that her fight against crime would be frontal and direct.”
Mota, who had been a federal congresswoman, was sworn into office on New Year’s Day. She was killed the following day.
Gov. Ramirez, who belonged to Mota’s party, vowed there “would be no impunity” in her killing and promised that state officials would not cede to the challenge presented by organized crime.
Temixco is a city of about 100,000 people neighboring Cuernavaca, a resort and industrial city that has been suffering kidnappings and extortion linked to organized crime groups. Morelos also neighbors drug cartel-plagued Guerrero state.
Federal and state forces are deployed in Cuernavaca and municipalities near the Guerrero state border in what was called “Operation Delta.”
Local mayors and officials in Mexico have often been targeted by drug cartels.