I have to say I have refrained from reporting – writing about the crime in Mexico due to the fact here in Merida we simply do not have the serious issues that plaque the border cities. Crime as we all know is in every nook and cranny throughout the world. No place is exempt. But I am writing this because I am sadden by the news that I have just seen on CNN.

Two months ago again while watching CNN, they did a story about a 38 year old female that had decided to step up and become the Police Chief of a small border community. No body else wanted the job, and she thought that her presence could make a difference. And now, she is dead, gunned down on the way to work by the hands of the violent cartels that terrorize that part of Mexico.

The headline states though an incorrect fact, One of a small number of women who have filled a void by becoming police chiefs in violence-torn Mexico was gunned down Monday, authorities said.” Mexico is no more violence-torn than the USA. It upsets me greatly that the media depicts this beautiful country that I now call home (ex-pat from the USA) in such a bad light. I agree 100% that the areas near the border are very violent, but what American or for that fact other worldly traveler books their vacation to those areas. Mexico as a whole is a very safe and friendly destination with millions of travelers coming here safely each year..

Hermila Garcia, became the top cop in the tiny town of Meoqie just two months ago, and when I watched the report on CNN, I do have to admit, I was afraid for her. Men in these small communities very often seem to stay away from these roles simply due to fear. Hermila Garcia was a lawyer by profession and was single with no children. My prayers though still go out to her family and friends.

Another very young female to recently take on such a position is 20 year old Marisol Valles Garcia, a student who has become Police Chief of Praxedis G. Guerrero, also in the state of Chihuahua. I pray these cartels in the boarder cities, can lay off those officials that only want to help their communities, to move forward in these times.

Violence in Chihuahua is due to struggles between rival drug cartels over lucrative smuggling routes, as well as police operations against the cartels. Why if they have to kill, don’t they just wipe each other out, and leave those that only wish to do good for lives of others, alone.

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