Monday, November 26, 2012

A First Runner-Up Ascends

The Queen is dead...
We've made a few tasteless, if prophetic, jokes about the occupational hazards of being a beauty queen in Sinaloa (here, here and here, for starters), but that sort of thing is really only funny until someone gets hurt.  Or dead

CULIACAN, Mexico — A 20-year-old state beauty queen died in a gun battle between soldiers and the alleged gang of drug traffickers she was traveling with in a scene befitting the hit movie "Miss Bala," about Mexico's not uncommon ties between narcos and beautiful pageant contestants.

The body of Maria Susana Flores Gamez [above]was found Saturday lying near an assault rifle on a rural road in a mountainous area of the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa, the chief state prosecutor said Monday. It was unclear if she had used the weapon...

The slender, 5-foot-7-inch brunette was voted the 2012 Woman of Sinaloa in a beauty pageant in February. In June, the model competed with other seven contestants for the more prestigious state beauty contest, Our Beauty Sinaloa, but didn't win. The Our Beauty state winners compete for the Miss Mexico title, whose holder represents the country in the international Miss Universe.

Higuera said Flores Gamez was traveling in one of the vehicles that engaged soldiers in an hours-long chase and running gun battle on Saturday near her native city of Guamuchil in the state of Sinaloa, home to Mexico's most powerful drug cartel. Higuera said two other members of the drug gang were killed and four were detained.
...long live the Queen!
We here at Burro Hall believe every person's death diminishes us all - particularly when the person in question is 20 years old and looks really good in a bikini. Admittedly, our empathy fades a bit when said 20-year-old babe engages in an "hours-long running gun battle with soldiers" immediately prior to her passing.

Anyway, because people look to us for answers in these troubled times, we can report that the First Runner-Up at last February's Mujer Sinaloa 2012 was 18-year-old Cielo Merary of Guamúchil [right] who, seeing as Maria Susana Flores Gamez has proven unable to complete her term as Mujer Sinaloa 2012 due to having been gunned down in the aforementioned hours-long running gun battle with soldiers, is your new Mujer Sinaloa 2012. One can debate, on the basis of personal taste, whether Sinaloa is richer or poorer for this, but she does strike us as less likely than her predecessor to be invited to hang with the hard men of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Also, too, in the interest of the public's interest in seeing babe in bikinis, here are all of Mujer Sinaloa 2012 contestants on parade.  This looks like one super-classy pageant.

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