By Henry Iheanacho
A fearless mum whose daughter was killed, set out to avenge her death by stalking the killers and hunting them down one by one.
Miriam Rodriguez set up fake IDs and used disguises to stalk and hunt her 20-year-old daughter’s killers down.
The brave mum relentlessly tracked down those responsible for the kidnap and murder of her child, Karen.
The killers are 10 criminals from the notorious Mexican drug cartel, Los Zetas, one of the most dangerous in the North American country, yet, her brave action was instrumental in taking them all down.
In the three years following Karen’s death, Miriam captured nearly every living member of the crew that had abducted her daughter for ransom in an area where even the official authorities are too scared to bring justice against cartel individuals.
To aid her crusade to bring her daughter’s killers to justice, she cut her hair, dyed it and disguised herself before playing various roles including a health worker and election official to get their names and addresses.
Miriam came up with inventive to meet their families and extract vital details from them to help build her investigation.
She captured one of those involved in the crime who was selling flowers on the street.
Tamaulipas Governor, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca
The florist was flogging roses to make ends meet and Miriam managed to track him down. He recognised her and ran but Miriam, 56 at the time, was able to tackle him to the floor and held a gun to his throat, threatening to kill him if he moved.
It eventually cost Miriam her life as she was murdered in San Fernando, Mexico, after gunmen broke into her home, reports New York Times.
Following her death, Tamaulipas governor, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca said on Twitter that the state government “will not allow the death of Miriam Rodríguez to be one statistic more”, The Guardian reported.
Miriam has become a hero in her hometown for taking on the cartel and she has a bronze plaque honouring her in the central square.
She had told her other daughter Azalea that she would not rest until she had found the people who had taken Karen.