Twenty-Year-Old Police Chief Marisol Valles García Fired In Northern Mexican Town

The location of the town of Praxedis G Guerrero in Northern Mexico.
The location of the town of Praxedis G Guerrero in Northern Mexico.
The location of the town of Praxedis G Guerrero in Northern Mexico.
The location of the town of Praxedis G Guerrero in Northern Mexico.

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Top Story — A 20-year old woman who made headlines last year after taking over as police chief in the violent Mexican border town of Praxedis G Guerrero, was fired for not showing up for work after she received death threats.

Marisol Valles García, who was hailed as Mexico’s bravest woman last November upon taking up the post, was reported to be in the U.S. after receiving death threats. This has not been confirmed, and her whereabouts are not clear.

Officials in Praxedis G Guerrero said García Valles had asked for time off work to care for her sick baby, but had not returned on Monday. The mayor of the town attempted to contact her, but  had been unsuccessful.

The mayor said he would take over direct control of the police force. Some officials are worried that she may be in harm’s way.

“Right now Marisol needs support and one way to be supportive is to leave her in the office,” Human Rights Commission official Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson said, according to The New York Daily News. “To fire her is to leave her completely alone.”

An unnamed relative of García Valles told The New York Post that the chief had left Mexico with her young son.

Last year García Valles become an international phenomenon when she took over the town’s police force. Her predecessor’s head was left outside the police station over a year ago and no one wanted to fill the vacancy until she came along.

“I’m doing this for my people,” she said then, according to ABC News. “This is not for me. I’m tired of all the drug violence.”

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