Nov 27, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(CNN) – A Mexican beauty queen was killed during a weekend shootout in Sinaloa, a northern state known for drug-fueled violence, authorities said Monday.
Maria Susana Flores Gamez, 20, was the 2012 Woman of Sinaloa. She was killed Saturday in a gun battle between military troops and suspected criminals in the municipality of Mocorito. Two others were also killed.
Sinaloa State Attorney General Marco Antonio Higuera said a rifle was found near the beauty queen’s body, but it was not clear whether she had fired it. It was also not clear who shot her.
“All we know is that it happened during a confrontation that the army had with criminals, and that she was with the group of criminals,” he told reporters, according to a transcript from his office.
Four people were detained, he said, and authorities seized various weapons, drugs and vehicles.
Flores Gamez was a student of communications. She was crowned Woman of Sinaloa in February, beating more than a dozen young woman for the tile.
In addition to the Woman of Sinaloa pageant, Flores Gamez had participated in the 2012 Our Sinaloa Beauty contest. Organizers of that pageant released a statement upon news of her death, offering condolences to the family, which received her body Monday.
“We are dismayed by the news — a beautiful young person, happy, and with a big future ahead of her, ” the pageant organizers said. “Rest in peace Susy.”