Investigation on Mayor’s assassination gathers momentum in Mexico

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Mayor of MexicoMexico : The state government of Morelos in Mexico has speeded the investigation of assassination, which took place in the weekend. The investigative agencies began their work since Sunday, and the work has gathered momentum today, as the second day of interrogating the suspected murderers of Gisela Raquel Mota Ocampo, mayor of Temixco enters the second day, this Monday. The Mayor, Mota Ocampo, had been taken down by some organised crime gang, while she was present in her own residence.

Ocampo had recently taken up her position as Mayor, just on the first day of turn of calendar, that is – on January 1. She was, the very next day, killed in her house by a group of assassins. Although police reached to the crime spot, yet, the killers managed to escape in a van. The chase took on, when, police vehicles chased the fleeing van, and police successfully nabbed two suspects, and took them down. Out of the total four assassins, two suspects were killed then and there during the chase. The other two were captured and taken to custody. The two captured suspects include a minor and a woman.

The mayor belonged to left-wing Party of Democratic Revolution (PRD). Morelos Governor Graco Ramirez presided over a ceremony in Mota Ocampo’s honor in the center of capital Cuernavaca. During this ceremony, Governor said that Mayor was murdered by an organized crime gang named ‘Los Rojos.’ He said — This was an act carried out by organized crime against constitutional order and democracy. Mota Ocampo was an honest and committed public servant.

The crime has initiated intense security precaution over the region, as, since then, a security mechanism has been put in place to protect mayors across Morelos, including its capital Cuernavaca.

Mexican news website SinEmbargo reported that one of three suspects detained after the shooting told authorities that the perpetrators were paid 500,000 Mexican pesos — about $29,000 — to kill Mota. The newspaper El Universal said the killing was the work of Los Rojos (“the Reds”) drug gang, which has been engaged in a bloody battle for territory against rival groups in the neighboring state of Guerrero.

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