When hooded gunmen entered her home, the young mayor of Temixco, south of Mexico City, has preferred to go in order to save his family, telling his relatives.
Gisela Mota, who lived with his parents, was still in pajamas on Saturday morning, while his mother prepared a bottle for a cousin Gisela, born the day before, when an armed commando jumped over the wall of his house and burst.
“I told them that if they wanted to kill me, they kill me first”, said Juanita Ocampo, the mother of the deceased, in a tribute to the Congress of the State of Morelos. “But she told them, “I am Gisela.” They took it because it was very brave. “
The armed men then took her into the living room where they shot in front of his parents. His father, desperate, continued running the killers.
The death of Gisela Mota became a tragic symbol of the threats to elected officials across Mexico and the violence in the state of Morelos (center), where drug cartels are waging a fratricidal war while practicing kidnappings and extortions on the population.
Mota, 33, was shot the day after his swearing in which it was committed to the fight against crime in this city of 100,000 inhabitants, two hours from Mexico City.
Authorities accused the Los Rojos Monday cartel of being behind the death of the young town councilor.
His home, located in a modest neighborhood of the city, is noted for its rustic wooden door and its clay oven, along the outer facade.
The day before his assassination, Mota had celebrated his appointment during a dance evening with traditional music.
Six shots both heard: “We thought it was firecrackers”
The next morning, “we heard six shots. We thought it was firecrackers. But we heard they were shouting that Gisela had been killed”, says Pablo Ortega, a neighbor of 48 years, which states that seven armed men on board the vehicle.
Shortly after the murder, police killed two suspects in a shooting and arrested three people, including a young man aged 17 and a 32 year old woman. The UN has requested the Mexican authorities to investigate “with a gender perspective” on this “serious crime”, saying it “disturbed the exercise of political rights of women” in Mexico.
According to the governor of Morelos Graco Ramirez, the cartel Los Rojos allegedly murdered Mota to discourage other mayors to support the controversial plan to place the states and municipal policies under a “unified command” to fight against corruption.
Ramirez praised the memory of his young colleague, “independent and combative” and fellow member of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD, left).
The Rojos waging a violent struggle against the cartel of Guerreros Unidos in Morelos and in the neighboring state of Guerrero for the particular control of drug routes.
The cartel Guerreros Unidos has gained wide notoriety in 2014 after being named as prime suspect in the alleged murder of 43 students disappeared in the state of Guerrero.
This Temixco is the son of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, aged 24, was found dead, with four of his friends in 2011.
100 mayors attacked
At the town hall, flags were flown at half mast and two wreaths adorned with black ribbons were attached to the walls.
In the dusty cemetery where rests Gisela Mota, twenty crowns are visible. On one of them reads “you are my hope.”
“She was determined to change things” in Temixco, told AFP Miriam Martinez, general secretary of the Workers’ Union.
Mota’s predecessor, Miguel Angel Colin, left the municipality in a disastrous state, according to the union, “with debts and unpaid wages”.
Nearly 100 mayors and 1,000 municipal employees were the subject of attacks in the past ten years in the country, according to the Association of Local Authorities of Mexico.