Family members of the slain mayor of Temixco, Gisela Mota, mourn next to her casket, during a ceremony in her honor, at the mayor's office building of Temixco, Mexico, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Rivera)
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The governor of the southern Mexican state of Morelos said Monday that a drug gang killed a newly inaugurated mayor to convince other officials to reject state police control of local cops and allow cartels to co-opt low-paid local police.Governor Graco Ramirez sent a post on his Twitter account blaming the murder of Temixco Mayor Gisela Mota on the Rojos gang, which has been fighting a bloody turf battle with the Guerreros Unidos gang across the neighboring state of Guerrero.Ramirez said at a news conference Sunday that the killing was a warning to local officials not to accept unified state control of police forces, a new system aimed at combating corruption in local police forces.
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