Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gun-Wielding Mexican Beauty Queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez Killed in Shootout with Police

(IBI) Former beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez has been found dead following a shootout on a country road in a mountainous area of the drug-riddled Mexican state of Sinaloa.

Gamez is thought to have been a member of a gang and may have been involved in a gunfight with the military.

Forensic examinations showed gunshot residue on her body, suggesting that he fired a weapon.

Sinaloa state prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez said: "She was in the criminal group that clashed with army service members."

The 20-year-old was voted the 2012 Woman of Sinaloa in a February beauty pagent. She also competed in the prestigious state beauty contest, Our Beauty Sinaloa, but did not win.

According to Higuera, her body was found lying near an assault rifle.

"She was with the gang of criminals, but we cannot say whether she participated in the shootout. That's what we're going to have to investigate," he said.