Mexican Cartel Assassin “La Catrina” Dies in Shootout with Cops
A 21-year-old Mexican cartel assassin — known for flaunting her curves and dangerous weapons on social media — was gunned down in a shootout with authorities, according to new reports.
Maria Guadalupe Lopez Esquivel, also known by her alias “La Catrina,” was shot in the neck Friday as Mexico’s army, National Guard and Michoacán state police raided the safe house where she stayed with several armed members of the murderous Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to Britain’s The Sun and the Mexican outlet El Universal.
A frightened and disheveled Esquivel collapsed behind a wall and was found with her face and clothes covered in blood, The Sun said.
Footage taken during the gun battle showed her struggling to breathe on the ground as a cop attempted to calm her down while she awaited a helicopter flight to the hospital, the site said.
“Calm down, kid. The helicopter is coming for you,” the officer says in the footage. “It is coming now, easy, easy, you are going to be OK. Try to hang on.”
Esquivel succumbed to her injuries several minutes after the helicopter took off, according to local reports.
The hitwoman — who shared her nickname with the female skeletal figure associated with Mexico’s Day of the Dead — was regarded as one of the leading figures in the cartel, according to The Sun.
She led a team of hitmen within the New Generation Cartel that killed more than a dozen state cops during an Oct. 14 ambush in Michoacan state’s Aguililla municipality, the outlet reported.
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