The Straits Times
Published on Nov 27, 2012

Mexican beauty queen killed in drug shootout


CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) - A 20-year-old state beauty queen was killed during a running gun battle between soldiers and the gang of drug traffickers she was traveling with in northern Mexico, the chief prosecutor of the state of Sinaloa said on Monday.

In a scene reminiscent of the 2011 movie Miss Bala - or Miss Bullet - the body of Maria Susana Flores Gamez was found lying near an assault rifle on a rural road in a mountainous area of the drug-plagued state. It was unclear if she had used the weapon.

"She was with the gang of criminals, but we cannot say whether she participated in the shootout," state prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera said.

"That's what we're going to have to investigate."