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María Santos Gorrostieta Salazar, former mayor found dead
The woman who was found dead and lying in an area of the municipality of Cuitzeo last Thursday morning, was identified as the former Mayor of Tiquicheo.
María Santos Gorrostieta Salazar had suffered two attacks by 15 heavily armed unidentified assailants on October 2009 and January 22, 2010, however, had only been injured, but not her husband Jose Sanchez, who was gunned down by bullets during the one of the attacks while accompanying his wife.
María Santos Gorrostieta Salazar was the mayor of the municipal government of Tiquicheo from 2008 to 20012, however, shortly before concluding her mandate, she had applied for a license for deputy but failed to win.
At around 8:00 pm last Thursday, some residents of the community of San Juan Tararameo, Cuitzeo Township, were heading to perform their daily tasks of the field, discovered on the property known as El Chupadero, the body of a dead woman who was identified 20 hours later as the former mayor of Tiquicheo.
It was shortly after at 11:00 pm when her family met with the authorities of the Attorney General of Michoacán, to conduct legal identification, transcending the former mayor Maria had stab wounds and abrasions on her body region and on both knees.
The perpetrators of the crime remain unknown so authorities of the Attorney General have began investigations on the case.
The attorney general's office in Michoacan (PGJE), confirmed the sad death of the former mayor of Tiquicheo, Maria Santos Gorrostieta Salazar, who was reported missing by a family member, on November 14, and was investigated by the Anti-Kidnapping and Extortion institution.
According to a friend of Maria, "The last time I had contact with her was on Monday, November 12.
Relatives of the former mayor, on Friday evening, had to identify the cadaver of a woman by the Forensic Medical Service (SEMEFO) who was found dead in a brush area in San Juan Tararameo, in the municipality of Cuitzeo, San Juan Tararameo.
The autopsy of Maria determined that she had died of severe trauma to the cranium.
This time not delivered
The Attorney General of the State (PGJE) identified the woman who was located in a brush area in Chupadero, in the municipality of Cuitzeo and confirmed that it was the former mayor of Tiquicheo, Maria Santos Gorrostieta Salazar.
One source said that she had been missing for two days until her body was found beaten and tortured on Thursady, in the community of San Juan Benito Juarez. She had bruises to her face and body. The case confirmed that Maria had her hands tied and her showed visible marks of torure; on her wrists and both knees showed bruising. Her clothing and body showed signs of having been burnt to the right side of her chest and stomach.
Maria had already survived previous attacks by armed groups, including the first attack where her first husband José Sánchez Chávez, was shot to death.
The prosecutor joined 295/2012-UC criminal preliminary investigations for the crime of homicide against whoever is responsible.
January 20, José Sánchez Chávez, the mayor's husband was attacked by an armed group, but he managed to escape alive.
On October 16, 2009, Maria was attacked while she was with her husband, José Sánchez Chávez, when they were in Limón de Papatzindán. Jose died that day from gunshot wounds. Maria survived but was hospitalized in Morelia.
On January 23, 2010, Maria Sanchez was attacked by a commando with armed rifles, in Ciudad Altamirano Guerrero, on her way to an event at the City Hall. A reporter was wounded in the attack, as well as her press officer and brother.
The body of the former mayor of Tiquicheo, María Santos Gorrostieta Salazar, was found early Thursday in an area of the municipality of Cuitzeo, but until today was identified by relatives.
According to police reports, early yesterday morning, neighbors in the area known as El Chupadero, reported the location of the body of a dead woman, of about 30 years old, with fair complexion, 1.55 meters tall and with a slim body.
At the time of the find, the female wore a dress with brown stripes, cherry, pink and white, and a black polyester jacket and her neck had a gray shawl and had a scar on her hand.
The woman had signs of having been tied by her hands and apparently died from a severe blow to her head.
It was not until this afternoon that the person was identified as Maria Santos Gorrostieta Salazar, who was the former mayor of the municipality of Tiquicheo in 2008-2011.
Maria had already survived two attacks made against her, the first on October 15, 2009, while traveling with her husband to a ranch property, aboard a van.
On that occasion, the husband of the former mayor, Jose Sanchez, died in the attack.
The second ambush she suffered was in January 22, 2010, when the then mayor was traveling in an official vehicle and was shot from another moving vehicle. Two of entourage had been seriously injured in the attack.
Maria Santos was elected by the PRI political institution which she subsequently resigned and joined the PRD.
Wounds that Maria suffered from an attack in 2009
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Borderland Beat did an article on the mayor Maria Sanchez and the attacks that was made on her. I will try to find it and then I will add it later to this thread.
She was a very tough lady. She took a lot of pain from these cocksucker narcos but she never quit. She is a prime example of what courage is and had more balls than most men have.
Rest In Peace Maria
Just noticed, Siskiyou kid found this article at around the same time. It just took me longer to post mine because of the long translation process. Here is da kids' link on Maria:
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I know it's not the case, but Mexico is doing a good job of convincing people that it's just one big horrible hellhole.
So they finally got her.. sad.. I remember reading her story sometime ago.
“Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.”
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From the Borderland Beat Archives
January 24, 2010
THIRD ATTEMPT ON MAYOR
Mexican mayor seriously wounded in third assassination attempt against her.
Ciudad Altamarino, Guerrero - A mayor in western Mexico has been seriously wounded after gunmen opened fire on her car in the third assassination attempt against her.
The Guerrero State Public Safety Department says four others were injured, including Mayor Maria Santos Gorrostieta's brother and a reporter for a regional newspaper.
The attack occurred Friday in Ciudad Altamarino, a town in Guerrero. Gorrostieta is the mayor of Tiquicheo in neighboring Michoacan state. The attack occurred on the road to Ciudad Altamirano, municipality of Guerrero near the border of Michoacan. The sicarios used AK-47, according to some of the victims themselves.
"Between life and death" is how they described the condition of the Tiquicheo's municipal mayor, Maria de los Santos Gorrostieta Salazar, as is the same condition for the other people who were traveling with her, after the ambush they suffered between Michoacan and Guerrero.
At exactly 15:30 hours, they were ambushed and attacked with bursts of high-powered weapons that hit all the occupants in the vehicle, especially Gorrostieta Maria de los Santos Salazar, who according to initial reports received at least seven impacts.
Preliminary information coming out is that the mayor received at least seven bullet wounds in different parts of her body. The mayor was also traveling with the head of the Secretariat of Agricultural Development of Michoacan, Maricarmen Trejo, as well as a journalist and correspondent in the region of Huetamo, they were among others who were also seriously wounded.
The information so far indicates that all these people were secured inside an SUV travelling to an event of agriculture that was to take place in Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero.
When they reached the traffic light on the intersection of Revolucion, the police escort who were travellin in front in another vehicle got sperated and, it was at this very moment that a group of sicarios in at least two vehicles blocked their path and started shooting at them with high powered rifles, the sicario preferred weapon of choice, the AK-47 or other wise known as "cuernos de chivo."
The bullets came in through the windshield and on both sides of the SUV and they found the back of Gorrostieta Salazar at least 3 times, who was lying on her left side toward the side of the driver, while his brother, the driver of the vehicle, the two governmental employees and the journalist, received gunshot wounds to different parts of their bodies.
Authorities of both states immediately mobilized trying to track the sicarios in a very extensive operation but resulted in negative results so far. The government of Michoacan ordered the deployment of helicopters to transport the injured persons to receive specialized medical care.
Authorities have revealed no possible motive.
It should be noted that this is the third time the mayor of Tiquicheo is involved in an attack of this nature, the first was on January 16, 2009 on her homeland, where she was wounded along with her late husband Joseph Sanchez Chavez.
And on October 15, 2009 Gorrostieta Salazar, was attacked at the entrance to the Tenure Papatzindán Lemon, in the municipality of Tiquicheo and this time her husband, Sanchez Chavez, was shot dead at the scene, while the municipal mayor was rushed to a hospital in Morelia where she received medical attention.
Two weeks before she returned to her duties as municipal mayor and once again, after returning from Guerrero, where she was invited to an official event was attacked by an armed commando.
Michoacan and Guerrero are two states affected by the violence of drug cartels that are engaged in a violent tag of war over control of turf and to establish a power base, while at the same time they are waging an all offensive attack against authorities.
Michoacan, which is located more than 200 miles west of Mexico City, is considered the bastion of La Familia, one of the cartels to which the government attributes some of the worst violence occurring in the country and dozens of murders of rival cartel members as well as policemen.
Drug violence has surged in Michoacan, home base of the La Familia cartel.
In May, eight mayors in Michoacan were charged for allegedly protecting La Familia.
This incident is very troubling for me. First of all, why is it that after two previous attempts to assassinate the mayor, the brother is driving the vehicle and there is no security in the vehicle? Certainly, someone must have known that the mayor is a legitimate target as there have been attempts before and this particular region has extensive sicario activity. Was this the decision of the police or the mayor not to have armed protection in the vehicle?
Why is the police escort in front? Typically the most tactical advantageous procedure is to have the police escort trailing the target vehicle. This way they could watch for any suspicious vehicles around them and to ensure they don’t lose the target vehicle in traffic. Also why would the escort lose the target vehicle, where they not watching, or was it intentional? I mean you lose sight of the target vehicle in the rear and you stop until it catches up. But having the escort in the front doesn’t make any sense, even for the untrained.
Also how did the sicarios have so much time to engage the target vehicle without the police escort having time to engage? Where they that far away? How did the sicarios manage to escape with a police escort supposedly very near the target vehicle? I believe that the police escort was either not very good at protecting or were intentional in their lack of.
I know if I was the mayor in this town, it would be very hard press to trust anyone, particular the police. But this tragic set of circumstances should not have ended like this,
only if. . . . . .
'No More Pain'
AJ. Weren't eight mayors in Michoacan then released kind of one by one by the judicial authorities which really pissed off Calderon. That act of corruption should be as big a scandal as the brave lady mayor being killed. I think I remember reading that some of them have been rearrested. Do you have anything on what happened to those mayors that were rearrested?
Words are powerful weapons, be careful how you use them.
DD, let me try to find something on these mayors. If I find something, I will post it.
The act of corruption is a big reason why Mexico suffers. That and just plain laziness. they are too lazy and incompetent to run a country the right way. Not to mention cold hearted and self centered. All of these lack of skills have created a huge monster of an epidemic for Mexico. Now it's fear that makes the decisions for these mayors and the rest of the government officials from the governors to the judges.
this is my favorite photo of her. Vato has it on his post.
i think he is translating her message at the end of the video. the video is the best thing out there and actually shows footage of her earlier attacks and heli transport. a ton of fottage i had never seen. at the end her message crawls on the screen..
THE MAYOR AND HER DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS WITH MEXICO'S CARTELS
Maria Santos Gorrostieta Salazar survived two assassination attempts by the cartels in 2009 and 2010, the first of which her husband was killed, was finally killed last week by the hands of the relentless Mexican cartels.
Maria Santos Gorrostieta Salazar continued his normal life after completing his assignment as mayor of the municipality of Tiquicheo, Michoacán. turned away from politics, remarried and was fully dedicated to the care of their children. The fateful moments that lived and who left indelible marks on his body several scars from continuing operations which was subjected to extract the bullets seemed to be over, buried in the past.
However, the Salazar Gorrostieta last week was the victim of another attack, the third and final. was kidnapped on Monday 12 and his body was found three days later, on Thursday 15 and lifeless. This time death came, not gun shots, but by a "severe blow" to the head, according to the autopsy. Remains of exalcaldesa who played first in the PRI and the PRD were then identified through Friday 16. His body was found by residents of the community of San Juan Tararameo, Cuitzeo Township, who walked through an area known as The Chupadero, about 40 kilometers from the capital Morelia. At that time, nobody recognized. In his last moments alive there different versions. One suggests that on Monday 12, around 8:30, devoid of bodyguards, was driving his truck to leave school at the lowest of his three children, when a black vehicle with tinted windows would have closed the way in an avenue north of Morelia and he would have fallen two guys that got out of their vehicle to shoving and kicking, to the astonishment of passers. With little resistance, the former president had agreed to the municipal board the vehicle but pleaded victimizers that her daughter be left alone. Another version suggests that the day of his disappearance was heading to Morelia and was accompanied by her second husband, Nereo Delgado Patiño, when they were intercepted. So far it is not known whether her husband is alive, and his whereabouts. 's Day disappearance, the family thought it was a kidnapping and waited for hours the call that demanded a ransom for the life of Santos Gorrostieta but never reported. 's silence forced the family to report the disappearance and Friday were able to confirm that the body that had been abandoned on Tuesday Cuitzeo and who was known as the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo), was to the exalcaldesa. The Friday before the body was identified and claimed by their families and, late at night, the Attorney General of Michoacan (PGJE) confirmed that Maria Santos died of "severe head trauma", and his body had multiple abrasions and contusions presume they did after being tortured. Due to this fact, the PGJE opened the investigation for the crime of murder and initiated the investigation that "lead to fully clarify the facts," he said in a statement. Santos was Gorrostieta Tiquicheo municipal president during the 2008-2011 period, and during his tenure was threatened by criminal groups. In 2009 and 2010 survived two attacks. On October 15, 2009, she traveled with her husband, José Sánchez Chávez, in a van owned by the municipality, was 9:00 and they were heading to City Hall when they were attacked with bullets. Locally her husband died, who had survived a first attack on 20 January of that year, and she was taken with multiple gunshot wounds to Star Medica hospital in the state capital and saved his life. few months later, on January 22, 2010, Gorrostieta Salazar suffered another attack after participating in a public event in Guerrero. Going back to his village was attacked by individuals bearing assault rifles. At that time, her two aides and a journalist were injured. Throughout its website, a year after the second attack, showed photographs explicit that left scars on her body and the two previous attacks in a letter spoke of the emotional wounds: "It is true that I have attacked physically and morally, in my body is still palpable wounds from bullets and discredit some who doubted my body maimed; struggle daily to be erased from my mind the images of horror that I have lived, and others, without deserving it or wait, have suffered too. " In one of the pictures you showed is appreciated a colostomy, a surgical procedure in which one end is pulled out of the large intestine through the abdominal wall and Stools moving through the intestine drain into a bag attached to the abdomen. At that time also made clear not decline to their functions. was referred to the commitment he had with his ideas and the people, the "inner strength" that helped him to rise, "even dying", face of adversity. And he warned: "I will arise often God permits me to continue looking, scratching, managing plans, projects and activities for the benefit of society, but more particularly of the disadvantaged ". Exhibited also one of the greatest sorrows that a human being can suffer is the pain of the soul and in recent months had been thought unworthy of setbacks, because its goals had always been focused on directing his people to a better quality of life. He said he did it to set an example for their children and the memory of her husband. "I can not claudique when I have three children, whom I have to teach by example, and the memories that I have the man of my life, the father of my children, teach him who knew the value of things and fight for them. " On that occasion, he referred to the reason that motivated her to quit the party that led the mayor of Tiquicheo, the PRI, and then led her to join the ranks of the PRD. recalled that when convalescing of wounds that caused the second attack in Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero, the leadership of the municipal committee of the PRI of Tiquicheo pressured to resign the office. "municipal Chieftains, who have always been at the forefront of the local PRI, wanted manipulate, since I never agreed with me. "While I was hospitalized immediately began to seek the replacement of the municipal president and, to the surprise of many of them and, when I was still in a state recovering physically and emotionally, I joined activities and, noting that the mayor does not give up, I was left alone to my fate. "That's why I bashed you make the decision to affiliate with the PRD, the many obstacles that put the structure of the municipal committee of the PRI" , then denounced exalcaldesa. since the PRD tried to reach a multi-member council in the last election in 2011, but failed and resumed his duties as mayor of Tiquicheo. remarried in 2011 with Nereo Delgado Patiño, the exescolta that was assigned by the former governor Godoy Lions journalist, on the second attempt on his Maria Santos. however, a few days before his death he had decided to leave her current husband. Relatives of the exalcaldesa said that about 15 days before his abduction and execution had a heated argument with Patio Delgado. Gorrostieta The exalcaldesa Maria Santos Salazar will be buried in his native Tiquicheo, next to her first husband, in the pantheon of tenure The Lemon Papatzindan.
Working on a better translation.
Maria Santos Gorrostieta Salazar: Her statement
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