(Image source: CNN)

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR CARISSA LOETHEN

A 20-year-old Mexican beauty queen is dead after being gunned down in a shootout. The violence was between drug traffickers and soldiers in Sinaloa in Northern Mexico. Here’s Fox News.

“Police say Maria Gamez was riding with suspected members of the Sinoloa cartel when they opened fire on soldiers. When the gun battle was finally over, five people were dead.”

Police say Maria Susana Flores Gamez’s body was found lying next to an assault rifle but it’s unclear if she participated in the shootout. The BBC has more.

“Maria Susana Flores Gamez was voted Woman of Sinaloa 2012 in February. The authorities say she was with an armed group linked to the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel”

Flores Gamez isn’t the first beauty queen to get caught up in cartel activity. In 2008, Laura Zuniga, who was then the reigning Our Sinaloa Beauty, was taken into custody in relation to cartel activity.

CNN notes more than 47,500 people have died across Mexico in drug-related violence since December 2006. That’s when President Felipe Calderon took office and announced plans to deploy federal troops to help the government’s fight against organized crime.

“According to Mexico's National Human Rights Commission, more than 5,300 people have disappeared throughout the country in that same time, and the bodies of 9,000 dead have not been identified.”

Mexican Beauty Queen Gunned Down in Cartel Shootout

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Nov 27, 2012

Mexican Beauty Queen Gunned Down in Cartel Shootout

(Image source: CNN)

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR CARISSA LOETHEN

A 20-year-old Mexican beauty queen is dead after being gunned down in a shootout. The violence was between drug traffickers and soldiers in Sinaloa in Northern Mexico. Here’s Fox News.

“Police say Maria Gamez was riding with suspected members of the Sinoloa cartel when they opened fire on soldiers. When the gun battle was finally over, five people were dead.”

Police say Maria Susana Flores Gamez’s body was found lying next to an assault rifle but it’s unclear if she participated in the shootout. The BBC has more.

“Maria Susana Flores Gamez was voted Woman of Sinaloa 2012 in February. The authorities say she was with an armed group linked to the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel”

Flores Gamez isn’t the first beauty queen to get caught up in cartel activity. In 2008, Laura Zuniga, who was then the reigning Our Sinaloa Beauty, was taken into custody in relation to cartel activity.

CNN notes more than 47,500 people have died across Mexico in drug-related violence since December 2006. That’s when President Felipe Calderon took office and announced plans to deploy federal troops to help the government’s fight against organized crime.

“According to Mexico's National Human Rights Commission, more than 5,300 people have disappeared throughout the country in that same time, and the bodies of 9,000 dead have not been identified.”

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