Mexico Mayor Slain Just One Day After Taking Office
Temixco, located an hour from Mexico City, has a population of approximately 100,000 people. The city is in the state of Morelos, an area well-known for violent crime.
Ocampo had been celebrating her New Year victory with her family when multiple assailants stormed her home. The men shot the newly elected mayor before attempting to flee. Police officers exchanged gunfire with the cartel members, killing two and arresting three others. A juvenile was among the three apprehended gunmen.
Government agencies in Morelos called the killing “a challenge presented by organized crime” and called Ocampo “an honest and dedicated public servant.”
Hispanically Speaking News, a Chicago-based news organization, reported that Morelos remained the number one state of violent crimes in Mexico, including kidnapping, murder, and extortion, throughout 2013.
Ocampo, a member of the Democratic Revolutionary Party, was outspoken about her wish to reduce crime in Temixco.
One of the assailants involved in the murder told authorities that the group was part of the drug cartel and that the group had been paid approximately $29,000 U.S.D. to assassinate Ocampo.
News organizations offered conflicting reports of where Ocampo was murdered; while some news outlets report that she was shot in Temixco, others report that she was killed in Pueblo Viejo, more than two hours away Mexico City.
Efforts to clean out corrupt local police who have protected gangs led Morelos to put officers under a unified state command in 2014. Temixco joined that system, though the state’s main city, Cuernavaca, has resisted.
One organization representing mayors in the country, the Association of Local Authorities of Mexico, issued a statement saying nearly 100 mayors have been killed across Mexico over the past decade, “principally at the hands of organized crime.”
Mota’s centre-left 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.”