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Female Police Chief Killed in Chihuahua

MEXICO / 30 NOV 2010 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

The police chief of Meoqui, a small town in central Chihuahua, was killed on Monday by armed men who intercepted her just five minutes after leaving her home.

Hermila Garcia, 38, was driving to work unaccompanied when two men stepped out of a Volkswagon Jetta and fired at least three shots into her vehicle, reports the Organización Editorial de Mexico.  Because of a lack of eyewitnesses, authorities have very limited information with which to pursue the assassins. 

Garcia first made local headlines just two months ago, as part of a wave of young women in border towns across Mexico who stepped up to join the fight against drug cartels.   The most famous of these high-profile female police is 20-year-old Marisol Valles Garcia, a criminology student who became the police chief of Praxedis G. Guerrero, another small town in Chihuahua.

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