Last moments of female cartel boss ‘La Catrina’ filmed after police shootout

A notorious female cartel boss dubbed Mexico's 'Dame of Death' was killed after a shootout by the police.

Video footage appears to show the last moments of the female killer, who is believed to be María Guadalupe López Esquivel, also known as 'La Catrina'.

The 21-year-old collapses behind a wall after being shot in the neck. Her face and clothes are covered in blood.

An armed officer can be heard telling Esquivel to calm down and relax.

He says: "Calm down, dear. The helicopter is coming for you.

"It is coming now. Easy, easy, you are going to be okay. Try to hang on."


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Esquivel was reportedly involved in an attack on Friday against the military, national guard and police in La Bocanda of the central state of Michoacán.

State officials said they have captured six male gunmen and killed a woman after the group opened fire on soldiers and police.

Young 'La Catrina' was suspected of being one of the leading figures of the Kalisco New Generation Cartel, and was seen posting dangerous weapons on social media.

In another video, wounded 'La Catrina' is seen being carried by a soldier while seven other gang members have their hands cuffed behind their back as they wait for a helicopter to airlift her to hospital.

'La Catrina' died of blood loss in hospital a short time later.


Officials did not provide the identity of the woman.

But a tattoo of skeletal female figure 'Catrina' on the woman on the stretcher's thigh suggested she was Esquivel.

The eight cartel colleagues were identified as Alejandra, Everardo, Brayan, Juan Carlos, Octavio, Pedro and Alejandro, according to local media reports.

Police have also seized 10 firearms with ammunition and several vehicles during a raid.

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