Gisela Mota, 33, formally took office with the new year on Friday. Mexico City newspaper El Universal said she was attacked at her home by four armed gunmen.
Around 7:30 a.m., the assassins entered Mota’s home, beat her and then shot her in the head, according to El Economista. Paramedics arrived at 7:50 a.m. and confirmed she was dead.
Afterward, the suspects tried to flee in a van, but police followed in hot pursuit and exchanged fire with the suspects before killing two of them. The other two were taken into custody, according to Telesur.
Ramirez referred to Mota as a “young and beloved companion,” but said he would not be intimidated by her death.