Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez, a mother from Mexico, displayed unwavering determination when her daughter, Karen Alejandra Salinas Rodriguez, was kidnapped and murdered by the Los Zetas Cartel in 2012. Despite ransom payments, Karen met a tragic end in 2014. Miriam’s response echoed the movie “Taken,” as she took on the cartel.
To seek justice, Miriam adopted disguises, fake IDs, and even a fake gun. She tracked down and interrogated cartel members, leading to the arrest of at least ten criminals.
Her pursuit led her to Sama, a cartel member who claimed he could help find Karen. With her son’s help, Sama was captured in 2014, providing vital information about Karen’s murder.
Tragically, Miriam was fatally shot outside her home on Mother’s Day 2017. Nevertheless, she’s hailed as a local hero in a region where organized crime thrives. Her legacy lives on through her son and a group of 600 families, continuing the quest to find missing loved ones.
Miriam’s story showcases a mother’s love and determination, highlighting the importance of pursuing justice, even in perilous circumstances.