Mexican actress Tania Mendoza shot dead while waiting to pick up son

Mendoza, 42, was standing outside the sports complex in Cuernavaca, Mexico, with other parents when two armed men arrived on a motorcycle.

One of the men got off his motorcycle and shot his mother several times before running away with his partner, according to Mexican news outlets.

Paramedics and police rushed to the scene Tuesday night, where Mendoza was declared dead.

The actress rose to fame after a leading role in the 2005 film La Mera Reyna del Sur.

She also appeared in a number of series, but in recent years she devoted her career as a singer, and recorded five albums.

It is not yet clear who was behind the killing of Mendoza or any possible motive.

The police conducted a search for the suspects, but no arrests were made.

Mendoza was the victim of a brutal kidnapping in 2010, when she, along with her husband and six-month-old son, was snatched from the couple’s car wash business.

Tania Mendoza was waiting to pick up her son when she was injured.

They were taken to a bunker where they were beaten before eventually released hours later by three masked kidnappers.

Several days later, the kidnappers contacted Mendoza to blackmail her and demand that she move from the state of Morelos.

Since the horror kidnapping, Mendoza has reportedly complained to the Morelos State Attorney’s Office on several occasions about receiving death threats.

Tania Mendoza poses in a photo.
Tania Mendoza got her big break in 2005, starring in Reyna del Sur.

At least 10 women were murdered in Mexico every day last year, according to official data.

About a third of the victims – 940 – were cases of femicide, or the premeditated murder of women because of their gender, Amnesty International said, calling it a “horrific epidemic”.

A recent United Nations report on violence against women found that Mexico is the second most dangerous country in the world for women.

Tania Mendoza posing.
It is not yet clear who was behind the killing of Mendoza.

The Effie news agency quoted the attorney general’s office as saying that the killing of Mendoza would be investigated as the murder of women.


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