After surviving two assassination attempts, Dr. Gorrostieta, 36, was tortured and killed by a Mexican drug cartel, her body left in a ditch. She became a target of violent cartels after being elected mayor of rural district Tiquicheo in 2008. Though she resigned as mayor in 2011, the threats continued, culminating in her abduction and horrific murder. Despite the constant threats, she bravely refused to back down from her fight against the cartels. After the second attempt on her life, an attack that forced her to wear a colostomy bag and endure chronic pain, she said this:

“I wanted to show them my wounded, mutilated, humiliated body, because I’m not ashamed of it, because it is the product of the great misfortunes that have scarred my life, that of my children and my family.

Despite my own safety and that of my family, what occupies my mind is my responsibility towards my people, the children, the women, the elderly and the men who break their souls every day without rest to find a piece of bread for their children.

Freedom brings with it responsibilities and I don’t dare fall behind. My long road is not yet finished – the footprint that we leave behind in our country depends on the battle that we lose and the loyalty we put into it.”

Truly amazing. Twitterers are paying tribute to this incredible, brave woman:

RIP, Dr. Gorrostieta. We pray that her family finds peace.

  • jeffunde

    Sorry folks, Sandra Fluke has more influence in the Obama world than Maria Santos. And that is real sad.

    • JimmyNeutron

      And that is exactly why I am pro-secession. I love my country – problem is my country doesn’t exist anymore, just some weird socialist democracy where women like Fluke are canonized instead of wonderful, brave women like Dr. Gorrostieta.

    • manny

      You are idiots! How do you take a moment like this to talk about your right wing crap?!

  • t jack

    A pretty amazing person all around. I hope this motivates Mexicans to put an end to the drug war.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    That is one admirable woman!…………….She takes on the burden of fighting for the innocent people in her country and doesn’t back down under threat or intimidation, meanwhile in America, we have some women who can’t take on the burden of purchasing their own birth control

  • carla5731

    Very humbling. Maria Santos Gorrostieta was courageous to the core.

  • nc

    Who will be strong enough to take on these monsters that tortured and murdered this brave woman and others who try to fight back?

  • tredglx

    Vaya con Dios, Dr. Maria Santos Gorrostieta. You will be welcomed home with open, loving arms.

  • JimmyNeutron

    Glad that Eric Holder, with Obama’s ok, was selling her killers heavy assault weapons.

  • KansasGirl

    This breaks my heart.

    Go with G-d Dr. Gorrostieta.

  • MoxieLouise

    She was a beautiful woman, inside and out. A rare example in this day and age.

  • Tel-Jonah Stern

    It’s time for the US to unleash the beast on the Mexican cartels. If they coan’t deat with it, we can. Have a nice day.

  • Tel-Jonah Stern

    It’s time for the US to unleash the beast on the Mexican cartels. If they coan’t deat with it, we can. Have a nice day.