Dangerous Times in Mexico
Of course, some recent deaths of prominent Mexican women prevent me from ignoring this issue any longer.
This past weekend, a former beauty queen was killed in a fire fight between military troops and criminals in Mocorito. 20-year-old Maria Susana Flores Gamez was the 2012 Woman of Sinaloa, but may have been running with the wrong crowd. At the time of her death, she was with the criminals and for now, no one knows why. Authorities did seize drugs and weapons from the criminals’ vehicles, so it’s obvious Gamez may have been up to no good.
What a waste of a beautiful young woman.
In an equally tragic development, the body of former mayor of Tiquicheo Maria Santos Gorrostieta was found last week. Her hands were bound behind her and the cause of death appeared to be blunt trauma to the back of her head.
Gorrostieta was a defiant mayor who fought against drug-related violence and apparently upset the cartels in her area. In 2009, assassins tried to kill her, but instead killed her husband. Their bullets finally found her in 2011, but somehow she still managed to survive. And when her term ended in 2011, Gorrostieta remarried and seemed to be moving on with her life.
Sadly, the cartel didn’t allow this to happen.
Earlier this month, they kidnapped Gorrostieta as she was driving her daughter to school. Her daughter cried endlessly as her mother was dragged away, and that was the last time she would see her alive.
Mexico used to be a great place to visit and in many ways, I’m sure it still is to some degree. However, I would think twice before travelling there because you never know where cartel-fueled violence will strike. And until Mexican authorities can get things under control, you may want to consider visiting New Mexico instead.