Maria Santos Gorrostieta's Life

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'Please spare my little girl': How Mexico's fearless female mayor sacrificed herself to save her daughter's life as she was abducted by drug gang, tortured and executed * Maria Santos Gorrostieta had been stabbed, beaten and burned * She defied Mexico's powerful drug gangs, who twice tried to gun her down * She was kidnapped in broad daylight in front of her terrified daughter * The former mayor leaves behind three children By SAM WEBB PUBLISHED: 11:15, 26 November 2012 | UPDATED: 21:23, 26 November 2012 Brave: Dr Maria Santos Gorrostieta has been found beaten to death at the side of a road. She defied Mexico's powerful drug gangs and survived two assassination attempts, the first of which claimed the life of her husband The…show more content…
She was elected mayor of Tiquicheo in 2008 and served until 2011. During that time she defected from the Institutional Revolutionary party to the left-wing Democratic Revolution party. In January 2009 her husband Jose Sanchez Chavez was set upon by an armed group but escaped In October that year Maria was attacked while she was with her husband as they drove along in El Limone. Jose died that day from gunshot wounds. Maria survived but was taken to a hospital in Morelia, the state capital. On January 23, 2010, she was attacked by men with machine guns in Ciudad Altamirano Guerrero, on her way to an event at the City Hall. She was severely injured after being hit by three bullets, as well as receiving wounds in the crash after the shooting, and had to use a colostomy bag. She said her wounds left her in constant pain. On Saturday November 17 her body was found by farm workers from San Juan Tararameo, Cuitzeo Township, who were heading to work. She was discovered on the property known as El Chupadero. The next day she was identified by members of her

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