3 Suspects Held in Connection With Murder of Mexican Mayor

Three Held In Connection With Murder Of Mexican Mayor

On Sunday, officials in Mexico held three people, including a minor, in connection with the brutal murder of Gisela Mota, the 33-year-old mayor of Temixco, a troubled city just south of Mexico City.

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Four gunman broke into Mota's home and shot her in the head on Saturday —  just one day after she had been sworn in as mayor of the city.

Shortly after the killing, a shootout with police left two suspects dead. Authorities arrested three others, a 32-year-old woman, an 18-year-old man and a minor. Attorney General Javier Perez Duron said the suspects had been tied to other crimes, Huffington Post reports.

Temixco, Morelos has a population of about 100,000 people, and it serves as a suburb of Cuernavaca. The city — once a haven for vacationers from Mexico City — has been plagued by drug violence in recent years. The U.S. Department of State cautions against traveling to the state of Morelos "due to the unpredictable nature of organized crime violence."

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Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez ordered flags on state buildings to be flown at half-staff for three days in mourning of the murdered young mayor. He also called for increased security measures for all the state's mayors, although he didn't specify what measures would be taken to protect their safety.