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.