Mexican actress Tania Mendoza shot dead while waiting to pick up her son

Mendoza, 42, was standing outside the sports complex in Cuernavaca, Mexico with other relatives when two gunmen arrived on a motorcycle.

One of the men got off the motorcycle and shot the mother several times before escaping with his accomplice, according to Mexican media.

Paramedics and police rushed to the scene Tuesday night, where Mendoza was pronounced dead.

The actress rose to fame after starring in the 2005 film La Mera Reyna del Sur.

She has also appeared in a number of soap operas, but in recent years she has devoted herself to her singing career and recorded five albums.

It is not yet known who was behind the Mendoza murder, nor any possible motive.

The cops searched for the suspects, but no one was arrested.

Mendoza was the victim of a brutal kidnapping in 2010, when she was pulled along with her husband and six-month-old son from the couple’s car wash business.

Tania Mendoza was waiting to pick up her son when she was shot.

They were taken to a shelter where they were beaten before being finally released hours later by three masked kidnappers.

A few days later, the kidnappers called Mendoza to extort him and ask him to leave the state of Morelos.

Since the horror kidnapping, Mendoza has reportedly complained on several occasions to the Morelos State Attorney General’s office that he had received death threats.

Tania Mendoza poses for a photo.
Tania Mendoza made her big leap in 2005 with Reyna del Sur.

At least 10 women have been murdered in Mexico every day last year, according to official data.

Amnesty International said about a third of the victims – 940 – were cases of femicide or the intentional murder of women on the basis of their gender – calling it a “shocking epidemic”.

A recent United Nations report on gender-based violence found Mexico to be the second most dangerous country in the world for women.

Tania Mendoza poses.
It is not yet clear who was behind the Mendoza murder.

The attorney general’s office said Mendoza’s murder would be investigated as femicide, according to the Efe news agency.

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