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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Mexican Beauty Queen Killed in Gunbattle
[An Nahar] A 22-year-old Mexican beauty queen was killed in a shootout between soldiers and a suspected gang she was molling riding with in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, prosecutors said Monday.

Authorities suspect that Maria Susana "Toots" Flores, who was the Woman of Sinaloa 2012, was part of the gang and may have fired a gun in Saturday's violence. An AK-47 assault rifle was found next to her body in the group's car.

"She was in the criminal group that clashed with army service members," Sinaloa state prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez told a news conference.

He said a forensics test was positive for gunshot residue on her body, suggesting she fired a weapon.

Two men and two women, including Flores, and a soldier died in the gunbattle in the municipality of Mocorito.

The army seized seven AK-47s, a grenade launcher, two grenades, a 40mm-caliber rifle, a handgun and around 1,000 cartridges.

Mexican media say the brunette, who participated in the Miss Oriental Tourism pageant in China in May, was traveling with her boyfriend, a suspected hitman, when the shootout erupted. The boyfriend also died.

The gang is linked to Orso Ivan Gastelum, the suspected leader of a group of hitmen working for the powerful Sinaloa narco mob.

Families and friends held a funeral in the state capital of Culiacan on Sunday, covering Flores in a veil amid a heavy military presence.

On its Facebook page, the organizers of the Nuestra Belleza Sinaloa pageant voiced their "deepest condolences" for the death of Flores, who was a "charming and happy young woman with a great future."
Posted by:Fred

#10  3 pictures, one dress. boyfriend must of been one cheapass bastid....
Posted by: USN,Ret.   2012-11-28 22:06  

#9  true ... what a waste. but it's not unusual for beautiful women in Mexico to get linked up with the narco's. this girl made some very bad choices, and paid for it in a very rough way.
Posted by: Raider   2012-11-28 15:09  

#8  Is that background (in the clickthru in post 7) a stylized mural of the body parts hacked off her compadres victims? Seriously though, what a waste.
Posted by: Enver Glusorong6308   2012-11-28 13:54  

#7  Diario Gamez Balazo

Maria Susana Flores Gamez [Ametralladora mujer - Piernas muertas - Cumpleaños no más](Killed in 2012 at age 22)

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC   2012-11-28 12:29  

#6  ...a "charming and happy young woman with a great future."

No books, no e-mails, no classified documents ?
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-11-28 11:07  

#5  a "charming and happy young woman with a great future."

As a hitwoman for the Sinaloa cartel?

Posted by: Frozen Al   2012-11-28 10:57  

#4  No clickthrough?
Posted by: CrazyFool   2012-11-28 10:19  

#3  Nice toots!
Posted by: Raj   2012-11-28 09:37  

#2  ...was traveling with her boyfriend, a suspected hitman

Women Like Bad Boys.

Posted by: Procopius2k   2012-11-28 06:52  

#1  Maria Susana "Toots" Flores
Posted by: Water Modem   2012-11-28 02:18