Mayor in Mex­ico slain a day af­ter be­ing in­au­gu­rated

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Three peo­ple, in­clud­ing a mi­nor, were be­ing held Sun­day in the slay­ing of a newly in­au­gu­rated mayor in a gang-trou­bled cen­tral Mex­i­can city.

More­los Gov. Graco Ramirez or­dered flags on state build­ings flown at half-mast and called for three days of mourn­ing fol­low­ing the mur­der of Temixco Mayor Gisela Mota.

He blamed or­ga­nized crime for killing the 33-year-old Mota, a for­mer fed­eral con­gress­woman who had been sworn in as mayor less than a day be­fore she was gunned down in her home Satur­day morn­ing.

Ramirez or­dered se­cu­rity mea­sures for all of the state’s may­ors, though he gave no de­tails on what that in­volved.

Ra­mon Cas­tro Cas­tro, Ro­man Catholic bishop of Cuer­navaca, cel­e­brated Mass at Mota’s home Sun­day and later spoke crit­i­cally of a state where some ar­eas are in con­trol of or­ga­nized crime.

“One the­ory could be that it was a warn­ing to the other may­ors,’’ Cas­tro said to re­porters. “If you don’t co-op­er­ate with or­ga­nized crime, look at what will hap­pen to you. It’s to scare them.’’

Fol­low­ing Mota’s killing, two sus­pects were killed in a clash with po­lice and three oth­ers ar­rested. Of­fi­cials said they in­clude a 32-year-old woman, an 18-year-old man and the mi­nor. They gave few other de­tails, though state At­tor­ney Gen­eral Javier Perez Duron said they had been tied to other crimes.

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