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How Mexico’s first female mayor was killed by gunmen

Yolanda Sánchez | File Image

Sánchez was killed hours after the election of Mexico’s first female elected president

By Jim Clark

Mexico’s first female mayor, Yolanda Sánchez, has been killed by gunmen; hours after the Latino-American country elected its female president, Claudia Sheinbaum, on June 3, 2024.

Yolanda Sánchez was shot in the town of Cotija, which she had governed since September 2021.

Sánchez, according to BBC, was ambushed by gunmen in the centre of Cotija, Michoacán, on Monday.

It further reported that she was shot 19 times and died in hospital shortly after the attack.

Her bodyguard was also killed in the gun battle.

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Meanwhile, no arrests had been made so far in connection with the attack but it is widely thought that the gunmen belonged to an organised crime group.

Ms Sánchez had reported receiving death threats after taking up office in September 2021.

She was held for three days by armed men who had seized her at gunpoint during a visit to the neighbouring state of Jalisco in 2023.

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