Maria Santos Gorrostieta, the former mayor of a Mexican town, was found in a ditch, beaten to death. The body of the 36-year-old former mayor was found three days after her family reported her missing, according to a BBC report.
As the former mayor of the western town of Tiquecheo from 2008 to 2011, Gorrostieta — who survived two earlier assassination attempts — was reportedly considered a high priority target for some Mexican drug cartels.
The first attempt on her lifecame in October 2009 while she and her husband were traveling together in the town of El Limone. Her husband, Jose Sanchez died of injuries he sustained in the attack.
While Gorrostieta was injured in the attack, she recovered quickly and overcame the tragedy of losing her husband.
Just three months later, the van that she was traveling in was ambushed by a masked group, armed with assault rifles. The van was peppered with at least 30 bullets and three of them hit her causing her severe damage. In fact, the wounds were so severe that they left multiple scars and she was forced to wear a colostomy bag.
The third attempt succeeded as the drug gang kidnapped, bound, stabbed, beat and burned Mrs. Gorrostieta.
A story, published on Tuesday in the leading newspaper El Universal, describes Gorrostieta’s city of Tiquicheo as one where the local drug trade calls the shots and, citing unnamed sources, may have factored in its politics.
Keep in mind that these drug cartels are among the same ones that were receiving weapons under the Obama administration during the Fast and Furious operation.
Investigators are not ruling out any possible motives — political, personal or criminal — in her killing, the state’s deputy attorney general, Marco Aguilera, told CNN.
Maria Santos Gorrostieta, who had already survived two assassination attempts, was driving the child to school at around 8.30am when she was ambushed by a car in the city of Morelia.
The 36-year-old was hauled from her vehicle and physically assaulted as horrified witnesses watched, according to newspaper El Universal.
They described how she begged for her child to be left alone and then appeared to get into her abductors’ car willingly.
The little girl was left wailing as her mother was driven away on Monday November 12.
For the next week, her frantic family waited by the phone for a ransom call that never came.
Gorrostieta’s body – stabbed, burned, battered and bound at wrist and ankle – would finally be found eight days on dumped by a roadside in San Juan Tararameo, Cuitzeo Township.
She left behind her daughter and two sons as well as her second husband Nereo Delgado Patinoran.
But the Mexican cartels are ruthless. They have already demonstrated that they will act like the jihadists in beheading those opposed to them. Many of them are involved in killing our Border Patrol agents such as Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata. Our own government funneled nearly 2,500 guns into Mexico to be placed in the hands of these murderous gangs and still no one has been brought to justice, in spite of the claims of one of the insiders that the weapons were specifically sent to Mexican drug cartels.
Dr. Gorrostiesta demonstrated that she had true courage. It is no wonder that the people of Mexico viewed her as a 21st century heroine.