Mexico mayor murdered one day after taking office

MEXICO CITY –  The mayor of a city south of Mexico's capital was shot to death on Saturday, Jan. 2, less than a day after taking office, officials said.

Gunmen burst into the house of Mayor Gisela Mota in the city of Temixco and killed her, according to the government of Morelos state where Temixco is located. Two presumed assailants were killed and two others detained, Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez said.

Officials attributed her killing to organized crime.

Mota's leftist Democratic Revolution Party released a statement describing her as "a strong and brave woman who on taking office as mayor, declared that her fight against crime would be frontal and direct."

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