Maria Santos Gorrostieta was elected as mayor of Ticquicheo, a rural district in Michoacan, west of Mexico City, in 2008. Like intentions of assassination that Tijuana police chief Julian Leyzaola had received from Mexican drug cartels, including an attempt that was to be made with a weapon from Operation Fast and Furious, Gorrostieta also faced those same threats. Those attempts escalated to not one attempt of assassination, but three. The third attempt succeeded as the drug gang kidnapped, bound, stabbed, beat and burned Mrs. Gorrostieta.
Keep in mind that these drug cartels are among the same ones that were receiving weapons under the Obama administration during the Fast and Furious operation.
The first attempt on her lifecame in October 2009 while she and her husband were traveling together in the town of El Limone. Her husband, Jose Sanchez was killed by gunfire aimed at the vehicle they were in.
While Gorrostieta was injured in the attack, she recovered quickly and overcame the tragedy of losing her husband.
Just three months later, the van that she was traveling in was ambushed by a masked group, armed with assault rifles. The van was peppered with at least 30 bullets and three of them hit her causing her severe damage. In face, the wounds were so severe that they left multiple scars and she was forced to wear a colostomy bag.
But this did not break her will or her spirit. She was even more defiant. The statement following her second attack she said,
‘At another stage in my life, perhaps I would have resigned from what I have, my position, my responsibilities as the leader of my Tiquicheo.
‘But today, no. It is not possible for me to surrender when I have three children , whom I have to educate by setting an example, and also because of the memory of the man of my life, the father of my three little ones, the one who was able to teach me the value of things and to fight for them.
‘Although he is no longer with us, he continues to be the light that guides my decisions.’
She added: ‘I struggle day to day to erase from my mind the images of the horror I lived, and that others who did not deserve or expect it also suffered.
‘I wanted to show them my wounded, mutilated, humiliated body, because I’m not ashamed of it, because it is the product of the great misfortunes that have scarred my life, that of my children and my family.’
‘Despite my own safety and that of my family, what occupies my mind is my responsibility towards my people, the children, the women, the elderly and the men who break their souls every day without rest to find a piece of bread for their children.
‘Freedom brings with it responsibilities and I don’t dare fall behind. My long road is not yet finished – the footprint that we leave behind in our country depends on the battle that we lose and the loyalty we put into it.’
She then remarried and attempted a run for a seat in Mexico’s Congress of the Union. She failed at that and eventually dropped out of the public spotlight.
The Daily Mail reports,
Maria Santos Gorrostieta, who had already survived two assassination attempts, was driving the child to school at around 8.30am when she was ambushed by a car in the city of Morelia.
The 36-year-old was hauled from her vehicle and physically assaulted as horrified witnesses watched, according to newspaper El Universal.
They described how she begged for her child to be left alone and then appeared to get into her abductors’ car willingly.
The little girl was left wailing as her mother was driven away on Monday November 12.
For the next week, her frantic family waited by the phone for a ransom call that never came.
Gorrostieta’s body – stabbed, burned, battered and bound at wrist and ankle – would finally be found eight days on dumped by a roadside in San Juan Tararameo, Cuitzeo Township.
She left behind her daughter and two sons as well as her second husband Nereo Delgado Patinoran.
But the Mexican cartels are ruthless. They have already demonstrated that they will act like the jihadists in beheading those opposed to them. Many of them are involved in killing our Border Patrol agents such as Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata. Our own government funneled nearly 2,500 guns into Mexico to be placed in the hands of these murderous gangs and still no one has been brought to justice, in spite of the claims of one of the insiders that the weapons were specifically sent to Mexican drug cartels.
I must say that Mrs. Gorrostiesta had true courage. It is no wonder that the people of Mexico viewed her as a 21st century heroine.
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