Woman, 24, shot nine times after setting up taco stand in front of her house

A student was brutally murdered after being shot nine times at a point-blank range while setting up a taco stand in front of her home where she lived with her family.

The victim, identified as Rosalia Yazmin Duarte Canevett, was killed in the Mexican city of Empalme in the state of Sonora in the early hours of Monday, August 31.

Ms Duarte was setting up a food stand in front of her house at around half past seven when she was approached by gunmen and killed before the suspects fled the scene.

According to the local newspaper 'El Universal', she was shot in her thorax, back and head, all at "point-blank range".

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Ms Duarte made a social media post in mid-August claiming she had been attacked by a man who beat, choked and robbed her mobile phone before she was able to escape on May 16 of this year.

It is unclear if the two events are related.

The General Prosecution of Justice from the State of Sonora (FGJE) issued a statement saying: "Officers of the Empalme Municipal Public Safety acted as first responders and cut off the area where they located the body, inside a home of the Bahia del Sol neighbourhood."

"Rescuers from the Red Cross had already checked [the victim] who was identified as Rosalia Yazmin but died from the wounds.

"Five bullet casings were collected in the area."

According to some local reports, including from the newspaper 'El Imparcial,' the victim suffered nine bullet wounds during the attack.

The statement added they are working with "the Public Ministry, Ministerial Agency of Criminal Investigation (AMIC), personnel from the Investigations Services and other areas of the FGJE" in hopes of clearing up the facts and finding the "person or people responsible".

The case is being treated as femicide. There have been no reports of arrests or suspects.

The killing of women has risen in Mexico since the beginning of the country's coronavirus lockdown.

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