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Beauty Queen Died With Gun in Hand

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 |

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Died with gun in hand
CULIACAN, Mexico — A Mexican beauty queen killed over the weekend in a shootout between suspected drug traffickers and soldiers likely was being used as a human shield, a federal official said Tuesday.

Maria Susana Flores Gamez, crowned 2012 Woman of Sinaloa in February, came out of the car first with a gun in her hands during the confrontation, with the other gunmen hiding behind her, according to the official from the attorney general's office.
He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.
The official said he read the military report of Saturday's shootout in Flores Gamez's hometown of Guamuchil in western Sinaloa state, home to Mexico's most powerful cartel of the same name. The attorney general's investigators are still trying to determine if the 20-year-old fired the gun she was holding.
The report said she went down in a hail of gunfire. She was found dead near an assault rifle along with two others.
"They used the woman as a human shield," the official said.
The slender, 5-foot-7-inch brunette had competed with seven other contestants for the more prestigious state beauty contest, Miss Sinaloa, but didn't win. Miss Sinaloa state winners compete for the Miss Mexico title, whose holder represents the country in the international Miss Universe pageant.
  Video is of the conflict this as occurred at a safe house
Mexico's Ximena Navarrete was crowned Miss Universe in 2010.
Local media outlets continue to misidentify Flores Gamez on Tuesday as Miss Sinaloa.
The organizers of the Miss Sinaloa pageant issued a statement on the pageant's Facebook page, seeking to make clear Flores Gamez was not their queen.
The misidentification "damages the image and tranquility of our queens, their families and friends," the statement said.
Neither the state nor national pageants responded to requests for comment on Flores Gamez's death.
It was at least the fourth documented case of a beauty queen or pageant contestant becoming involved with Mexican drug traffickers, the theme of the critically acclaimed 2011 movie "Miss Bala," or "Miss Bullet," Mexico's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of Academy Awards.
(videos top of Maria in life, the shootout and aftermath)
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 (bottom video is Maria in life)
The film tells the story of a young woman competing for Miss Baja California who becomes an unwilling participant in a drug-running ring, finally getting arrested for deeds she was forced into performing.
In real life, top Sinaloa cartel drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman married local beauty queen Emma Coronel, who later crossed into the United States to give birth to twin girls in 2011.
In 2008, former Miss Sinaloa Laura Zuniga was stripped of her crown in the Hispanoamerican Queen pageant after she was detained that year on suspicion of drug and weapons violations. She was later released without charges.
In 2011, a Colombian former model and pageant contestant was detained along with Jose Jorge Balderas, an accused drug trafficker and suspect in the 2010 bar shooting of Salvador Cabanas, a former star for Paraguay's national football team and Mexico's Club America. She was also later released.
"A lot of young women are attracted by the false riches of the drug gangs. They offer the fantasy of a life of riches without much work," said Judith del Rincon, a women's rights activist and former Sinaloa legislator. "A lot of beauty queens wind up as girlfriends of some narco."
Del Rincon added that the involvement of drug lords with beauty queens dates back at least to the heyday of the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix drug gang in the 1990s.
Sinaloa state prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera said Flores Gamez was traveling in one of several vehicles that engaged soldiers in an hours-long chase and gun battle. He said two other members of the drug gang were detained.
The shootout began when the gunmen opened fire on a Mexican army patrol. Soldiers gave chase and cornered the gang at a safe house in the town of Mocorito. Some men escaped, and the gun battle continued along a nearby roadway, where the gang's vehicles were eventually stopped. Six vehicles, drugs and weapons were seized following the confrontation.
Higuera said Flores Gamez's body has been turned over to relatives for burial.
Source EFE
 

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Anonymous said...

Anyone thinking they will live in a lap of luxury selling drugs is an idiot because you will never be able to flaunt the money infront of everyone like you would like to, if all your looking for is luxury but no one to watch then why bother and if your looking to flaunt your cash the only way to do it is in a legitimate way, the way the majority of the world 95% will respect. If you run drugs the 95% of the population will say upon your death or detention that you deserve it.

Anonymous said...

Maria Santos Gorrostieta Salazar was a real beauty queen. This girl was a whore.

Anonymous said...

Im throw stacks at every strip club i go too. Atleast 100k everytime. I dont throw ones like the gringos i throw stacks of 100's

Anonymous said...

http://www.historiasdelnarco.com/2012/11/nino-de-seis-anos-torturado-y-degollado.html
QUE POCA MADRE DE LOS QUE HICIERON ESTO , YA BASTA GOBIERNO DE MEXICO

Anonymous said...

There are many beautiful women in Sinaloa, unfortunately this queen picked a real frog to go out with. Moral of the story is going out with the bad boy isn't a wise choice.

Texcoco said...

I got your message Buela. I just post it your story on my blog. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Idiots! The govt put a gun on her to save face. Imagine the outrage of killing an unarmed beauty queen. Sad that the narcos used her as cover and got her killed. I hope there is video of the shooting.

Anonymous said...

Mighty El Chapo's crew uses a little girl for a shield. That is so lame but typical of him and his crew. They always hide behind something.

Anonymous said...

@November 27, 2012 8:14 PM

Wasn't she girlfriend of one of those sicarios?
She knew what she was in to.

Anonymous said...

why did they have to mention that she had a gun in her hand? very suspicious.
How about somebody asks them why would they they kill her too along with the sicarios, i highly doubt a beauty queen would take on the army, also those capos probably knew they were well protected from everything to be caring a model with that status around,
something must of went wrong and the army decided to kill them all even the girl so she wouldn't say anything.

Anonymous said...

There is more than one hypothesis about this girl dead, or this woman was a delinquent, or the inept government is trying to occult something else by framing her ????

Chivis said...

The government did not give the details, they only confirmed the death today. This is information supplied from officials connected to the case off record. It was published by several respected mdeia outlets. These are the people she hung with, she was not kidnapped. the government would have no reason to "frame her" she ran to the safe house where the conflict commenced.

Anonymous said...

It's bull shit, its not the first time a innocent body is found with a gun, example "Anahuac N.L." A couple leaving working is gun down during a gun fight. They placed guns in there hands and named them sicarios. They soldiers are just as bad as the narcos.

Anonymous said...

I do believe she was whit the sicarios at her own free will.

Anonymous said...

U must be the biggest idiot ever,or a multi-billionaire..who throws hundreds like that.you stupid jerkoff!!.....so wich one is it?..Is this Chapo?..I don't think so.So u must be a lying piece of shit!

Anonymous said...

Women can be a lot more vicious than men.
If you doubt that, I'll set you up with my ex.

Anonymous said...

Early reports claimed that there was an R-15 next to her on the ground. It said nothing about her having one in her hand. I'm sure she wasn't innocent. But, the government should be honest about the incident.

Anonymous said...

Good riddance, another scum bites the dust.

Anonymous said...

In yesterdays mexican paper el Por Esto in Cancun it said that she was the girlfriend of one of the sicarios who also died in the gunfight!

Anonymous said...

That's what happens when you hangout with bad people. Let this be a warning.

Anonymous said...

Irrelevant! seems like beauty queens in mexico are real gold diggin bitches who only fuck corrupt politicos or sons of bitches narcos. apparently these are stupid like the kardeshian sisters. Yes they are beautiful and hot as hell but they got monkey brains. stupid whores. the news of marisela escobedo's daughter killer. now that was real relevant news. although the son of a bitch deserved a much worse death!

Anonymous said...

Datz one thing I've learned when I go to Mexico don't suck with da military or dey will fuck you up. @ chivis what happen to da andrade brothers in acuna and why dey burn down the dulceria begu and disappear the family.

Anonymous said...

She had no gun it was planted by the army they killed a non target and there covering it up by saying she had a gun. The army has done bigger cover ups like when they killed the family of three innocents in tamualipas and planted guns on them later they addmitted that it was staged guess they dont hear the end of it when they kill innocents by mistake so they stage the scene and say they were all cartel members.

Chivis said...

That was the week I outlined in the post I wrote about "piedras next juarez?"

The older brother is a mean crazy ass man. Anyway from what was said on the streets that 3 were kidnapped the night of the fire straight away, and their homes were torched also, then POOF family were gone. Either they return to Monclova or...? I heard the young daughter was one of those taken. Is this true do you know? And the comandante was dumped in the parking lot of the burned out dulceria, that is a message in its self. I think. I remember one message said it was for "betrayal" do you remember what the narco mensajes said on the comandante? I will have to look it up.

Supposedly there were messages at the homes but I never saw a photo or heard what they said from someone reliable.

as for what they did, that is obvious, that type of punishment is either...involves money or doublecross or both.

Anonymous said...

She seemed a bitch just by association. I bet it was the narco "badboy" thing she got off on and was fed all kinds of bullshit by her lowlife boyfriend who promised her the world thinking he would be the next Scarface with more money and power than anyone can dream of. NO!! she was nieve they both were. The Narco business don't have no Hollywood glamor to it and they found that out the hard way.

The girl wanted to live the high life now she in a wooden box at 22. Very sad.

RIP but you were dumb sweetheart!

Anonymous said...

He mean pesos

Anonymous said...

Wow how romantic! NOT!!

Anonymous said...

"Maria Santos Gorrostieta Salazar was a real beauty queen."

Second that. I don't see a beautiful video here showing Flores Gamez being humilde while representing people in her community like we did on Maria Santos' post.

Anonymous said...

I hope this serves as a good elsson to all the young girls with poor choice making skills. Just like that girl who was killed by her boyfriend and then her mom got involved so they killed her and now the brother is in excile fearing for his life. That stupid little girl introduced a devil into her family and it destroyed them. Young bimbo whores of Mexico... please stay away from cartel filth. It does not lead to good things, ever. Please smarten up.

Anonymous said...

"Atleast 100k everytime. I dont throw ones like the gringos i throw stacks of 100's"
Shit look at this dreamer?Stack Bundles is here?
Game tight dawg?What a bell whiffer?

Anonymous said...

Human Shield? I'd break up over that. Oh yeah I would.

Anonymous said...

And I'll bet she was an expert marksman. They'll add that to the next press release.

Anonymous said...

anonymous at 12:13am, please don't speak so poorly of monkeys... they are smarter than this puta.

Garrobo

Anonymous said...

Really if you think about it, being connected to a cartel really brings nothing these days other than constant fear of being killed as another poster said how can you really flaunt any wealth without being executed by another, very sad for this girls parents who probably only wanted the best for their child and she ended up dying in hail of gunfire. What is the attraction, I understand the money part but so many who are working for the cartel are paid very little, only the higher ups seem to have the real cash. What name are they dying for? They are easily replaced by someone willing and able to do the job. With the high murder rate of very young cartel members, they really have had no life at all and the families are often or usually killed also in the name of money. The woman Emma who supposedly married chapo, what is the point there for her, she will be hunted down by rivals or government soon enough. I lived with alot of money and I have lived with very little, but one thing I have is the freedom to live as I please without fear of death on a daily basis. I earn my own money and pay my own bills and that has happened because I work everyday, I am no one special just someone who wants the freedom to make my own choices.

Anonymous said...

Kill the Bitch!

Anonymous said...

Stop using words you don't understand lol This young Woman was involved in bad business and she's dead now. Cute girl but that pretty much wraps up this story

Anonymous said...

It's all relevant. You just can't get a hot girlfriend

Anonymous said...

Stupid female.

Anonymous said...

Emma Coronel was the niece of Nacho Coronel so she was brought up in the whole narco culture so she knew what she was getting into.

Anonymous said...

She was with El Cholo's/ El Vago's crew and he's pretty high up on Chapo's organization, another article said that the army said she did fire a weapon, and remember two soldiers died in the shootout, it seems like people care about her dying than the two soldiers just because of her looks even though she knew what she was into hanging out with those guys, but in Sinaloa those guys are admired by a lot of people especially someone like El Cholo who has popular corridos written about him and is well known as one of Chapo's guys. Just because she's good looking doesn't mean her bullets won't kill you.

-El Russo

Anonymous said...

Who cares if she had a gun? She was hanging around filth and got treated as such. You lay with dogs, you get fleas..

Anonymous said...

This bitch was no emma coronel; don't get a naive bitch confused with one who knows the narco world and its workings, truths and crazy shit more than anybody here could ever hope to...

Anonymous said...

"Mi Carnal El Cholo".. .

Anonymous said...

Who's to say she was not forced to "hang around" with the cartel. These fucking cartel members have a lot of influence over weak innocent girls like this. I highly doubt she had a gun or was shooting a gun. It just does not make a lot of sense. She was not a narco herself but was forced to be with them IMO.

Anonymous said...

El cholo vago, el carnal de abelardo salazar aka "el 90" aka "el estilo italiano"

Anonymous said...

She just hung out with the wrong toughguys. Live and learn. Oh, that's right, she's dead.
RIP Dumbass.

Anonymous said...

@ 11:07 what are you blabbering about, like Emma is some queen because of who she married? I highly doubt she "knows the inner workings" of the cartel just because she is married to chapo. Most likely the opposite has no clue what really goes on, just likes the lifestyle it provides. Many family members of the high ranking are not involved and do not know what really goes down in day to day "cartel life" Unless you are in the "circle" don't you get confused. You have no idea who is here and who is not. don't get it twisted

Anonymous said...

"it seems like people care about her dying than the two soldiers just because of her looks"
You said it brother,of course she knew who these dudes where and what there game was.She was a stupid girl,but i don't know if i believe she was using a shooter on soldiers?Whatever,them soldiers probably had wives and babies,and now they all alone because of these clowns.

Greybeard said...

What's driving all this?
Money.
How do we take the money out of the equation?
Didn't we go down this road in the '30's?

Anonymous said...

That's a different cholo,baboso!!

Anonymous said...

Wrong cholo,baboso!!

Anonymous said...

I finally gave up on Mx i will never beable to go back, to dangerous. hope the new Mx president tough on the bad guys. But really do not think anybody can do anything until the Govt. guys
quite taking money.
So long mexico, i will miss you.

Anonymous said...

stupidd bitch deserved that, im sure no one forced her to hang out with people like that i bet she thought she was the shit when she hanged around with them was stupid to never imagine what could happen to her.

Anonymous said...

god bless her .she taught she was cool hanging with the boys.she dosent look so hot to me only an ordinary chica

Anonymous said...

Is el cholo the same guy they call R5 or chino antrax ?

Anonymous said...

Genius use of hidden cameras.

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