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Mexico Death Of A Beauty Queen
In this Jan. 26, 2013 photo, Magdabelyn Parra Gamez, who goes by "Belyn," 18, prepares backstage before participating in the "Guamuchil Carnival Queen 2013" beauty contest in Guamuchil, Sinaloa state, Mexico. Belyn took up the mantle on the pageant circuit after the death of her cousin beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez, who was killed in November 2012, carrying an AK-47 assault rifle into a spray of gunfire from Mexican soldiers. "This is in memory of Susy," Belyn whispered, shortly before winning the crown, "In honor of her." (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)