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Just like any other day, Dr. Jessica Sevilla Pedraza went to work at the hospital that morning, came home for a quick lunch and then left again.Two days later Pedraza identified 29-year-old Jessica's body at the morgue.Sevilla's gruesome death was part of a wave of killings of women plaguing the sprawling State of Mexico, which is the country's most populous with 16 million residents and surrounds the capital on three sides. The mounting crisis of femicides – murders of women where the motive is directly related to gender – prompted the federal government to issue a gender violence alert in 2015, the first for any Mexican state.The bus driver was arrested for the killing.The State of Mexico officially ranks second to the nation's capital with 346 killings classified as femicides since 2011, according to government statistics. Many violent crimes such as disappearances often go unreported and unpunished, and the State of Mexico is widely considered ground zero for killings of women in the country today. The nonprofit Citizen Observatory Against Gender Violence, Disappearance and Femicides in Mexico State counted 263 femicides in 2016 alone.Jessica's disappearance, on a Friday in August, set off a frantic 48 hours of searching by the family.Pedraza said authorities told her to wait until Sunday afternoon.
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