A TikTok influencer was “killed” when her car plunged into a canal near a resort in Sinaloa on Friday evening, according to multiple reports in Mexico.
Hours before a car believed to be hers was pulled from the water, Michelle Lizarraga, 22, aka La Bellota, had posted a video to her 14,000 followers and 93,000 likes showing her on the night of September 7th at a local nightclub in Mazatlán. Her car wasn’t discovered until 8 a.m. on September 8th.
Lizarraga, who has been referred to as a “beauty influencer” in reports, was identified by her 666 tattoo on her arm. She was 22 years old.
According to a report, Lizarraga’s black Jetta was swamped and capsized after hitting the water in a so-called irrigation canal in the municipality of San Francisquito. Officials have yet to confirm her identity.
In the video, the TikTok star can be seen at a nightclub with local music playing in the background as she drinks from a bottle of champagne. Lizarraga hugs two friends during the short clip.
Michelle Lizarraga, known as “La Bellota,” posted a video showing herself sipping from a bottle of champagne hours before her presumed death
A widely circulated photo from the crime scene shows a black Jetta being pulled out of the irrigation canal
The video comments were flooded with condolences. “Beautiful friend, I will miss you,” said a friend. “Rest in peace my queen, I love you friend,” said another.
Meanwhile, Mazatlan-based lawyer Maria Teresa Guerra Ochoa said she was waiting for an official report before ruling out foul play in Lizarraga’s “death.”
“There was an incident here in the south of the state, particularly in this community, but it has not yet been confirmed that it was a violent incident,” Ochoa said Linea Directa.
“We are waiting for the results of the investigation and so far we are still at the same number with 21 femicides and two intentional homicides,” the lawyer added.
The accident is reportedly being investigated by the Attorney General’s Office, which has collected evidence at the scene of the accident Noroeste.
Officials described the victim as “wearing a short gray dress, approximately 30 years old, with light skin and black hair.”
The story of Linea Directa says that members of the Villa Union Veteran Firefighter tried in vain to save her life. Video taken at the scene shows emergency vehicles trying to pull the car out of the water.
Lizarraga had received 93,000 likes despite only posting 21 videos. Many of her posts say that she receives flowers as gifts. A video from August shows her drinking champagne in the front seat of a car while a man drives at high speed.
Lizarraga had around 14,000 followers on TikTok despite posting fewer than 25 videos
“I’m going to miss you so much and I don’t know if I’ll be able to get used to your absence one day,” a friend wrote on Facebook
A local activist lawyer urged the media to wait until the official police report is available before foul play can be ruled out
A friend of Lizarraga wrote a long, heartbreaking text Post on Facebook The news of the influencer’s death spread.
“I cannot understand how someone with so many illusions, talent and a great person can just leave so suddenly,” the post reads in part.
“You were a light in my life, you brightened many of my dark moments, and now that light will be in my heart.” I don’t want to remember you sadly because I know you wouldn’t like that. “I will try to remember you with your smiles and jokes,” the post continued.
“I’m going to miss you so much and I don’t know if I’ll be able to get used to your absence one day,” the post ended.
As Lizarraga’s apparent death remains under investigation, Mexican authorities continue to crack down on Sinaloa’s notoriously violent drug cartel.
According to reports earlier this year, since the incarceration of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, his sons have pivoted the family business to focus on fentanyl, building a network of laboratories that produce massive quantities of the cheap, deadly drug that they smuggled into the United States, according to reports the public prosecutor revealed in an indictment.