[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/28/art.mexico.girl.jpg caption="Tania Lozoya was shot dead in Juarez, Mexico earlier this month."]
Earlier this week, Mexican government officials announced a major corruption bust. Ten mayors and 17 other officials were arrested, suspected of having ties to one of Mexico’s most violent drug syndicates. It was a shift from what we have seen in Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s war on drug cartels. Until recently, we have seen much of the war fought by military force and beefed up police forces, but little done on the actual corruption of many in local governments who are rumored to be bought off by Mexican Drug cartels.
Yet, despite the military force in border towns and arrests of government officials, people continue to die. In one sad case, an innocent, promising 15-year-old girl was killed.
Tania Lozoya was shot dead in Juarez, Mexico earlier this month. She wasn’t over the border partying, she wasn’t doing anything she wasn’t supposed to be doing. She was not involved with the drug cartels. She was with family celebrating a cousin’s baptism when a gun battle broke out between suspected drug traffickers near the party. A stray bullet hit Lozoya in the neck and she was killed.
She was a freshman at Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas, just minutes from Juarez, Mexico. She was an honor roll student and a star player on the high school girls’ softball team. Her family says she had plans to go on to college and perhaps law school. She was described by teachers and students as a leader both on the field and in the class room with a bright future. She was enrolled in advanced placement classes and was active in student government. Now, she is another victim in killings over drugs.
So many times people say, it’s just drug traffickers killing other drug traffickers, but there are innocent victims in the drug war. There are good people like Tania Lozoya who are taken from their parents long before she was supposed to.
How many more Tania’s will die before the drug was is over?
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