“Felina” was a citizen journalist dedicated to speaking out about violent crime in her hometown.
According to The Daily Beast, Felina hailed from Reynosa, Mexico – where drug cartels have considerable influence over the mainstream media, where corruption is rife and where kidnapping and arson are common.
Felina was one of many reporters dedicated to truth-telling about the danger in the area. But her hunger for truth-telling made her a target. And tragically last week, the same criminals she previously exposed reportedly took her life.
Felina was an administrator for social media news hub Valor por Tamaulipas (meaning “Courage for Tamaulipas”) which has more than half a million followers on Facebook.
While Felina used a fake name and wore a “catsuit” disguise to hide her true identity, Valor por Tamaulipas received a tweet on 8 October that read: “We’re coming very close to many of you watch out felina.”
A cartel had previously distributed leaflets throughout the area offering a reward of the equivalent of about $48,000 for anyone who would divulge the names of the Valor por Tamaulipas’s administrators.
Then last Thursday, Felina’s Twitter account posted a chilling message. It read:
“# reynosafollow FRIENDS AND FAMILY, MY REAL NAME IS MARÍA DEL ROSARIO FUENTES RUBIO. I AM A PHYSICIAN. TODAY MY LIFE HAS COME TO AN END.”
A series of messages followed, including one saying:
“I can only tell you to not make the same mistake I did, it doesn’t benefit you, quite the opposite as I realize today.”
Another warned her followers that the cartels “are closer to us than you think.”
Sickeningly, the last message sent from Felina’s account contained a front-on picture of a living, middle-aged woman – later confirmed to be Felina – then another image of the same woman lying on the floor, beaten and with a bloodied gunshot to her head.