Female Police Chief Murdered in Mexico
Hermila Garcia, 38, was shot on her way to work Monday by a convoy of gunmen. Garcia, a trained lawyer, took the job as police chief on Oct. 9 in the town of Meoqui, in drug violence-ridden Chihuahua state.
The assailants intercepted her in the town of Los Garcia, some 10 kilometers from Meoqui around 7:20 a.m. Monday. Garcia was in charge of up to 90 police agents in a mostly agricultural region of the Chihuahua state, some 70 kilometers south of Chihuahua City, the capital of the state.
“La Jefa,” as she was known to her police agents, didn’t carry weapons or have bodyguards.
“If you don’t owe anything, you don’t fear anything,” she was fond of saying when asked why she didn’t have security.