Mexican mayor killed on her second day in office

New mayor of Mexican city Temixco shot dead by four men at her home on her second day in office

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Police officers (R) and a forensic technician (L) stand at a crime scene where the newly installed mayor Gisela Mota was attacked at her home by four armed gunmen in Temixco, south of Mexico City, January 2, 2016

The newly installed mayor of the Mexican city of Temixco was killed on Saturday, according to a tweet from Morelos state Governor Graco Ramirez.

Gisela Mota formally took office with the new year on Friday. Mexico City newspaper EL Universal said she was attacked at her home by four armed gunmen.

Several mayors were killed last year in Mexico, where armed gangs financed by the drugs trade control many local communities.

Temixco, located some 60 miles (100 km) south of Mexico City, has a population of about 100,000.

Mota, a former federal member of Congress, belonged to the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution.

Officials with the Morelos attorney general's office did not immediately return calls seeking additional information about her death.