Maria Santos Gorrostieta’s body was dumped on the side of the road.
She had been stabbed, bound, burned and bludgeoned to death.
Brave: Maria Santos Gorrostieta has been found beaten to death at the side of a road. She defied Mexico’s powerful drug gangs and survived two assassination attempts, the first of which claimed the life of her husband. (Daily Mail)
Maria Santos Gorrostieta, the former mayor of Tiquicheo, Mexico, had escaped two previous assassination attempts.
The Daily Mail reported:
The body of a woman once called a ‘heroine of the 21st century’ for fearlessly standing up to Mexico’s brutal drug cartels has been found beaten to death at the side of a road.
Maria Santos Gorrostieta, 36, was the former mayor of Tiquicheo, a rural district in Michoacan, west of Mexico City.
She famously survived two assassination attempts by narcotics gangs who have turned the country into a war zone.
Her brave defiance may have cost the mother-of-three her life. The official cause of death was a blow to the head but she had been stabbed, her legs and hands had been bound and her waist and chest were covered in burns, suggesting she had been tortured.
She was discovered by residents of the community of San Juan Tararameo, Cuitzeo Township, who were heading to work in the fields.
Her family had reported her missing on November 14, and the disappearance was being investigated by the Anti-Kidnapping and Extortion Institution.
A murder investigation has now been launched.
Mrs. Gorrostieta, the mayor of Tiquicheo from 2008 – 2011, was twice ambushed by gunmen. She had the scars to prove it. (Viet Times)