The body of 51 year old Maria Viruel Andraca, an Acapulco middle school teacher, was found Monday inside the trunk of a taxi abandoned on the Acapulco-Mexico City highway.
A placard was found inside the taxi which reportedly contained the following 'narco' message:
"Esto le va a pasar a todos los profesores que apoyen a La Barredora. Atentamente Beltrán Leyva, saludos Señor Gobernador"
This will happen to those teachers that support La Barredora. Sincerely Beltran Leyva. Greetings Mr. Governor.
The teacher's Ford Lobo pickup was located Tuesday in the city of Cuernavaca, Morelos. Cuernavaca is considered a stronghold of the Beltran Leyva cartel which is also known as the Cartel del Pacifico Sur.
One suspect that was driving the pickup, which had multiple blood stains in the interior, was arrested.
The execution of Ms. Viruel comes as the Acapulco educational establishment continues to be battered by extortions demanding up to half of their salaries and all of their 'aguinaldos'(Christmas bonuses that may reach up to an entire months's pay).
Twelve elementary schools have not reopened due to the endemic violence in various neighborhoods of Acapulco. A widespread work stoppage by Acapulco's teachers demanding protection from the authorities closed most city schools last year.