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Police: Mexico beauty queen had gunpowder on hands

/ 11:07 AM December 05, 2012

In this Associated Press file photo, Maria Susana Flores Gamez poses for a photo along the shore in Guamuchil, Mexico. The 20-year-old state beauty queen died in a gun battle between soldiers and the alleged gang of drug traffickers she was traveling with on Nov. 24, 2012. AP/El Debate, Marco Ruiz

CULIACAN, Mexico — A federal prosecutor says a Mexican beauty queen killed in a shootout between suspected drug traffickers and soldiers likely fired a gun during the clash in the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa.

Authorities had said that Maria Susana Flores Gamez was likely used as a human shield and that an automatic rifle had been found near her body.

Federal prosecutor Enrique Fedegrino said Tuesday that tests indicate there was gunpowder residue on her hands.

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He said authorities are still investigating if she shot at soldiers.

Flores was crowned 2012 Woman of Sinaloa in February.

The slender, 5-foot-7-inch woman had competed with seven other contestants for the more prestigious state beauty contest, Miss Sinaloa, but didn’t win.

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