November 26, 2012
Financial Times, 11/23/2012
Time started running out for María Gorrostieta almost as soon as she was elected mayor of Tiquicheo, a rural district southwest of Mexico City, in 2008. The area, much of it tangled with tropical vegetation, hosts wild boar, possums, coyotes and even jaguars. But it is also home to opium, cannabis, methamphetamine laboratories and the people who sell the produce – ruthless drug cartels.
Gorrostieta’s no-nonsense manner and, above all, her courage in the face of persistent threats, proved too much of an obstacle for the region’s narcotics mafia
. Last week her corpse was discovered lying at a roadside.
November 19, 2012
BBC News, 11/17/2012
The former mayor of a town in western Mexico, who had survived two earlier assassination attempts, has been beaten to death.
The body of Maria Santos Gorrostieta, 36, was found in a ditch with a blow to the head three days after her family had reported her missing.
When she was mayor of the town of Tiquicheo she was twice shot at by gunmen, who also killed her husband.