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Felipe Calderon

A mayor in Mexico is shot dead a day after taking office

Gisela Mota was sworn into office as mayor of the small city of Temixco in the state of Morelos on New Year’s Day, after promising to help free the small town from the grip of organized crime.

Less than 24 hours later, the 33-year-old politician was dead — the latest of hundreds of public servants to be the victims of drug-related violence in Mexico in the last decade.

On Sunday, the Mexican news website SinEmbargo reported that one of three suspects detained after the shooting told authorities that the perpetrators were paid 500,000 Mexican pesos — about $29,000 — to kill Mota. The newspaper El Universal said the killing was the work of Los Rojos...