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Beauty Queen Dies in Mexican Cartel Shootout

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 27, 2012 Last Updated: November 29, 2012
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A soldier of the Mexican Army patrols outside a school during a security operation in Acapulco, Mexico, on Sept. 26, 2012. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/GettyImages)

A soldier of the Mexican Army patrols outside a school during a security operation in Acapulco, Mexico, on Sept. 26, 2012. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/GettyImages)

A Mexican beauty queen was killed over the weekend in a shootout between suspected drug traffickers and the military in restive Sinaloa state.

Named the 2012 Woman of Sinaloa, 20-year-old Maria Susana Flores Gamez was traveling with the alleged drug traffickers and her body was found next to an assault rifle, authorities said on Monday, according to The Associated Press. They said it was not clear if she had used the weapon.

“She was with the gang of criminals, but we cannot say whether she participated in the shootout,” Sinaloa state prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera told AP. “That’s what we’re going to have to investigate.”

Higuera told the news agency that four people were arrested, various weapons were seized, and drugs as well as vehicles were taken. Two other people died in the shootout.

Organizers of the 2012 Our Sinaloa Beauty contest, which Flores Gamez won, expressed their condolences.

“We are dismayed by the news--a beautiful young person, happy, and with a big future ahead of her,” pageant organizers said in a statement obtained by CNN. “Rest in peace Susy.”

According to AP, it is the third time that a beauty queen or contestant has been linked to Mexican drug gangs.

More than 47,500 people have been killed in drug violence since December 2006 after President Felipe Calderon directed the army to fight cartels.



  • Jillian Galloway

    As long as the U.S. keeps marijuana illegal, the cartels will continue to fight to protect their illicit marijuana incomes, and innocent people from all walks of life will continue to die.

    Our opinion matters! NOW is the time to contact the media and your legislators. Legalize marijuana like wine and END the violence!


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