Mexican beauty queen killed in shootout

2012-11-26T15:21:00Z 2012-11-26T19:09:02Z Mexican beauty queen killed in shootoutThe Associated Press The Associated Press

CULIACAN, Mexico —A 20-year-old state beauty queen has been killed in northern Mexico during a running gun battle between soldiers and the gang of drug traffickers she was traveling with, officials say.

The body of Maria Susana Flores Gamez has been turned over to relatives for burial, the prosecutor of the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa says.

Flores Gamez was traveling in one of the vehicles that engaged soldiers in an hours-long chase and shootout on Saturday, prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera said Monday.

Her body was found lying next to an assault rifle.

She was voted the 2012 Woman of Sinaloa in a beauty pageant in February.

In 2008, another Mexican beauty queen from Sinaloa was detained on suspicion of drug and weapons violations but was later released.

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