Mexican film star and singer Tania Mendoza was killed by a gunman this week while waiting outside her 11-year-old son’s soccer training in Cuernavaca, Mexico, according to reports.
According to the BBC, Mendoza, 42, was shot dead by a guman who was riding in the back of a motorbike driven by a second assailant. The gunman came down and opened fire with several other relatives in the area.
Mendoza, who was shot several times, was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.
No arrests were made in the shooting, which took place on Tuesday in the town of Cuernavaca, Morelos state, 35 miles south of Mexico City.
Mendoza appeared in over 20 TV shows and films from 1998 to 2012, highlighted by a starring role in the 2005 film “La Mera Reyna del Sur”.
Mendoza had in recent years pursued a musical career as a singer. She had recorded and released five albums, including “Amanecí En Tus Brazos” in 2018.
Reports say police are investigating the Mendoza murder as a gender-related murder. Femicide, as it is known, has plagued Mexico in recent years, as drug cartel violence continues to punctuate the country’s upsurge in crime.
Mendoza’s murder comes 11 years after she was kidnapped with her husband and then-six-month-old son who were then released. She has also reportedly been the victim of several death threats since her kidnapping.