A MODEL who was a contestant in the upcoming Miss Mexico beauty pageant has been found dead in her home.
The exact circumstances of 21-year-old Ximena Hita’s death remain a mystery though police fear she may have taken her life just weeks before the contest.
Police spokesman Mario Garcia said initial findings suggested Ximena may have taken her own life.
But he said further investigations have to be conducted before anything can be confirmed.
The Attorney General’s office has said forensics teams are working to determine if foul play was involved in her death, Infobae.com reports.
Aside from modelling, the 21-year-old also worked as a paramedic and was studying to become a nurse in the city of Aguascalientes, in the state of the same name.
Moving images her funeral show a group of paramedics she worked with attending her funeral in uniform to say goodbye.
The Miss Mexico Organisation issued a statement offering their condolences to Ximena’s family and expressed their sadness after hearing the news.
The statement said: “Ximena, we will always remember you; thank you for all your love in favour of building an inclusive society with values, we will carry your legacy forever.”
Ximena won Miss Aguascalientes in 2019 and was one of the candidates for Miss Mexico 2021 set to take place on 13th March.
At the end of last year, she posted a poignant final message on social media wishing followers a Merry Christmas, local news website hidrocalidodigital.com reports.
“We wish you a lot of love, peace and a lot of patience in every challenge that comes our way, because we are sure we will achieve every goal we set ourselves,” she wrote.
Heartbroken fellow beauty pageant contestants also paid tribute, including Daniela Flores, who is Miss Baja California.
“You do not know the great pain and emptiness that you leave in our hearts. So many dreams and goals you had,” she said.
Jessica Farjat, Miss Mexico City, added: “You left inspiration in each person, a queen lighting up the sky. Rest beautiful.”