A 20-year-old beauty queen was killed in Sinaloa, Mexico this past weekend in a gun battle between suspected drug traffickers and the military. Authorities say Maria Susana Flores Gamez was used as a human shield in the face off.
According to the attorney general's office, Flores Gamez, who was crowned 2012 Woman of Sinaloa in February, exited a car with a gun in her hands while other gunmen hid behind her. This is not the first time a beauty queen has gotten mixed up with the drug cartels.
Jose Carlos Cisneros Guzman, an ethnographer at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa. He's been writing on the role of women in the cartels and he joins us now.