A YouTuber has been shot dead in her restaurant in Mexico at the age of 36, the second to be killed in less than two months.
Pamela Montenegro de Real, best known as Nana Pelucas, was gunned down by two men on Monday evening in the beach resort of Acapulco. She was shot at her own restaurant, Todos los Santos.
Montenegro had a channel on YouTube called El Sillón TV, in which she would interview public officials and discuss her views on politics.
The shooters reportedly fled the scene, and local reports are suggesting Montenegro was assassinated by Mexican drug cartels as a result of her political views.
Guerrero state chief prosecutor Xavier Olea said a gang who had split from the ‘Independent Cartel of Acapulco’ killed Montenegro on Monday because she revealed information about the gangs in her videos.
The blogger has been accused of working as a government informant in the past, as well as being an admin for a local forum which allowed people to make anonymous accusations against gang members.
Acapulco has become and increasingly dangerous spot since its reputation as a tourist spot in the 1950s and 60s declined.
At the end of last year, a teenage YouTuber who drunkenly insulted a drug lord in his video was shot dead. The 17-year-old could be head in the video saying ‘El Mencho can suck my d*ck’.
Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales was gunned down by armed men in a bar in Sinaloa after the video was posted online.
According to the Washington Post, Acapulco is now the murder capital of Mexico, since the dominant drug cartel broke up over a decade ago.
The people in charge now resemble ‘neighbourhood gangs’, with names like 221 or Los Locos, according to the Post.
There were more than 12,000 murders in the first six months of 2017, and there are many theories as to why violence is the new world order in the area, including territorial warfare and the breakdown of agreements between politicians and criminals.
Some local residents trace the area’s descent into crime and violence to a brazen January 2006 shootout which left flaming vehicles and bodies in the street.
This solidified the existence of national-level cartels in the area, which were quickly splintered by Mexican security forces’ efforts to end organised crime.
To try and achieve the goal of ending violence, then-President Felipe Calderón oversaw the removal of cartel bosses and kingpins, but all this did was splinter their organisations.
As a result, the area is in a state of economic decline, and local business owners like Montenegro have become even more important.
Sadly, her public profile and unwavering dedication to her beliefs put her in the crosshairs of the criminals in her own town.
Our thoughts are with her friends and family during this incredibly difficult time.