|Maria Susana Flores Gamez|
A popular beauty queen of Mexico, was shot and killed in what police believe to be linked to violent drug gangs, according to press reports.
The 20-year-old beauty queen died in a shootout between soldiers and an alleged drug gang that was traveling with a scene for the hit movie "Miss Bala," or "Miss Bullet," in a not uncommon relationship between drug gangs and beautiful pageant contestants.
The body of Maria Susana Flores Gamez was found Saturday, laying near an assault rifle on a rural road in a mountainous area in the plagued by drugs state of Sinaloa, the Attorney General's Office said on Monday. It was unclear whether the weapon that was found next to her had been used.
"She was with the gang of criminals, but I cannot tell you if she was involved in the shooting," state prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera said. "That's what we're going to have to investigate."
The slender, 5 foot 7 inche brunette was named the 2012 Woman of Sinaloa, in a beauty contest in February. In June, the model with seven other contestants competed for the most prestigious State beauty pageant, Our Beauty Sinaloa, but did not win.
The Our Beauty Sinaloa state winners compete for the title of Miss Mexico, whose winner represents the country in the International Miss Universe.