A Mexican singer and actress have been shot dead on the street in her home country as she picked up her 11-year-old son from soccer practice. Local media report this.
Like some other parents, singer and actress Tania Mendoza (42) attended the football academy in the Mexican city of Cuernavaca on Thursday. But instead of her 11-year-old son, two men showed up on a motorcycle. One of them opened fire and hit Mendoza several times before they fled. The singer died on the spot.
According to human rights organization Amnesty International, in the past year, at least ten women have been murdered every day. About a third of the victims are said to be cases of femicide, which means that a woman is killed because of her gender. “This is a shocking epidemic,” said Amnesty International.
Mendoza was 42 and rose to fame in 2005 by playing the lead role in a popular movie. She also became famous as a singer and actress in TV series in her country. But in Mexico, that also means she had become a popular target for criminals. In 2010, she was kidnapped with her husband and their son, then six months old, and she has made several death threats in recent years.
It is unclear who is behind the murder. There is also no motive as of yet. Police are investigating the tragic facts.