Mexican singer could be the latest victim of femicide

– A Mexican singer and actress was shot dead Tuesday night while waiting to pick up her 11-year-old son from soccer training. Tania Mendoza was waiting with other parents outside a sports complex in Cuernavaca, Morelos state, when two gunmen arrived on motorcycles, according to the BBC. One of them got down and shot Mendoza several times before the couple fled. Police said a search for suspects did not result in any arrests.

The Morelos State Attorney General’s Office said it would investigate the case as femicide, which means “the intentional killing of women on the basis of their gender,” according to the BBC. It is a “shocking epidemic” in Mexico, according to Amnesty International, which notes that 3,723 murders of women were reported in the country last year, or about 10 per day. Of these, a third were feminicides. Mendoza, 42, reportedly told the attorney general’s office that he received several death threats following a kidnapping in 2010.

She and her husband, Rafael Sánchez Rojas, and their then 6-month-old son were taken from the couple’s car wash business to a location where they were beaten. After their release a few hours later, Mendoza reportedly received extortion requests and an order to leave Morelos, according to the report. Sun. She has appeared in numerous soap operas after a starring role in the 2005 film La Mera Reyna del Sur (The simple queen of the south). She had also recorded five albums, according to the BBC. (Read more murder stories.)

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