Governor Graco Ramírez sent a post on Twitter blaming the murder of Temixco mayor Gisela Mota on the Rojos gang, which has been fighting a bloody turf battle with the Guerreros Unidos gang across the neighboring state of Guerrero.
Their rivalry may have played a role in the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero in 2014. Some suspects told investigators that the Guerreros Unidos mistook the students for members of the Rojos and used local police under their control to capture them.
Ramírez said at a news conference Sunday that the killing was a warning to local officials not to accept unified state control of police forces, a new system aimed at combatting corruption in local police forces.
Mota – who was shot on Saturday, a day after she had taken office – had accepted state police control, though she had demanded traffic cops remain under local authority.
“This is a message and clear threat to the mayors who have recently taken office not to accept the coordination plan and police framework that we have been promoting,”