A Mexican beauty queen was killed during a weekend shootout in northern Mexico where it's known for drug-fueled violence, authorities said Monday, new sources report.
Maria Susana Flores Gamez, 20, was the 2012 Woman of Sinaloa. She was killed Saturday in a gun battle between soldiers and the gang of drug traffickers she was traveling with, CNN reports.
Flores Gamez was "traveling in one of the vehicles that engaged the soldiers in an hours-long chase and shootout on Saturday," Prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera said, FOX news reports.
This isn't the first time in Mexico a beauty queen was involved in a criminal act. In 2008, Laura Zuniga, who was then the reigning Our Sinaloa Beauty, was detained on suspicion of drug and weapons violations along with seven other men. She was later released, CNN reports.