The newly appointed female police chief of the northern Mexican town of Meoqui was shot and killed on her way to work by a convoy of gunmen who reportedly worked for drug traffickers, authorities said.
Hermila Garcia Quinones, 38, was sworn in on Oct. 9 as chief of the 90-person police force. Despite the growing drug-related violence in the region, “La Jefa,” as Garcia Quinones was known, refused to have bodyguards or carry a weapon.
“If you don’t owe anything, you don’t fear anything,” she was fond of saying when asked why she didn’t have security. She was killed Nov. 29, another death in what has become a bloodbath in Mexico tied to drug traffickers, whose wares supply users in the U.S.