NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – A human rights activist who represented more than 600 families affected by drug-related violence in San Fernando, a city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, was killed by gunmen, a state official told EFE on Thursday.
Miriam Rodriguez Martinez was gunned down around 10:15 pm Wednesday at her home in the southern section of San Fernando, a Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office spokesman said.
The gunmen called Rodriguez by name and then opened fire, hitting her about 12 times, the AG’s office spokesman said.
Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco Javier Cabeza de Vaca said in a Twitter post that he would “not allow the death of Miriam Rodriguez to be just another statistic.”
Rodriguez became a human rights activist after her daughter was kidnapped and murdered by the Los Zetas drug cartel in 2012.
In recent months, Rodriguez had helped victims of drug-related violence in San Fernando, where 72 migrants were massacred by the Zetas in 2010.
Since the massacre, more than 2,000 people have been murdered in the area and 392 bodies have been found in mass graves in an area known as El Arenal.
San Fernando, where more than 70,000 people live, is home to about 1,000 children left orphaned by the disappearances or murders of their parents.