THE GLAMOROUS ex-girlfriend of an assassinated cartel boss who flaunted her wealth on Instagram has been shot dead after being duped by a fake shoe salesman.
Paulina Arreola Perez, 26, was shot dead by armed men on motorbikes after she was tricked into the meeting with whom she thought was a prospective buyer.
Her friend, identified as Eduardo Arturo Trejo, was also killed in the shooting in the borough of Benito Juarez in Mexico City on June 9.
Paulina suffered at least nine gunshot wounds while her pal Eduardo sustained two as they sat in her Honda pickup truck.
Paramedics and police attended the scene before they both succumbed to their injuries in hospital.
It is believed she was targeted due to her links to the criminal group ‘La Union Tepito’ and her former boyfriend Alexis ‘El Alexis’ Martinez, one of the cartel’s leaders.
The organisation is well known to be involved in the sale of narcotics, kidnapping, extortion, and murder in and around the Mexican capital.
Paulina had enjoyed a life of luxury with her mobster boyfriend, travelling around the world and wearing designer clothing.
The couple shared snaps of their extravagant holidays to the likes of Dubai, Athens and Toronto on social media – most of which was paid for with cloned credit cards.
Mob boss Martinez was murdered in March this year by a hitman disguised as a food deliveryman in the city of Zapopan – forcing his ex-partner to start selling shoes online for an income.
Paulina was then allegedly lured into a meeting with an unnamed suspect posing as a potential client.
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Following her boyfriend’s death, Paulina shared her heartbreak on social media and posted the poignant message: “Someday we will meet again.”
Paulina’s murder makes her the third girlfriend of a member of La Union Tepito to meet her fate, following the killings of Valeria Diaz in May last year and Nayibi Mustafa in March.
The trio were known as ‘Las novias de La Union’, meaning ‘The Union girlfriends’.