Erika Gandara became police chief in Guadalupe when her predecessor was decapitated and no one else wanted the job, but the 28-year-old fell victim to a similar fate when she was dragged from her house by armed gunmen, killed and then dumped in the desert.
Hermila Garcia's role as the top law enforcement officer in Meoqui only lasted two months before she was killed as a warning from drug cartels to other women in power.
Dubbed "the bravest woman in Mexico," Marisol Valles Garcia accepted a police chief job no one else wanted and it took four months of harassment and death threats to finally run her out of town and across the border to the US.
Former Mexican mayor Maria Santos Gorrostieta escaped death twice, but was finally dragged to her death on November 12 in front of her daughter and found stabbed, burned and beaten by the side of a road.
Powerful Women Who Became Victims Of The Deadly Mexican Drug War.