Mexico is today mourning the death of a female police chief, the latest victim of a seemingly unending drug war between gangsters and the authorities.
38, became the top law enforcement officer in the town of Meoqui only two months ago.
One of a small number of women who have had the bravery to take on the drug cartels, she was gunned down at 7.20am on Monday.
She was attacked as she drove to work by herself.
Garcia, a lawyer by profession and single with no children, was one of a handful of women who have taken leadership roles in police departments in towns where men have stayed away because of fear.
The most high profile of these is 20-year-old Marisol Valles Garcia, a student who became police chief of Praxedis, in the Juarez valley, also in the state of Chihuahua.
as she was known, didn't carry weapons or have bodyguards. But her security ideology has proven fallible.
'If you don't owe anything, you don't fear anything,'
she was fond of saying when asked why she didn't have security.
Mexico's drug violence has claimed almost 30,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon took office in late 2006 and sent about 45,000 soldiers to fight the cartels.
Some wondered if Hermila Garcia's death was a warning from the drug cartels to other women, like Marisol Valles Garcia, who have taken on leading roles in law enforcement. - especially in Chihuahua. The state is home to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's most violent drug war city.
Chihuahua has become Mexico's most violent state since Calderon launched his drug war four years ago.
Violence in Chihuahua is due to struggles between rival drug cartels over lucrative smuggling routes, as well as police operations against the cartels.
In and around Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, some 7,200 people have died in drug violence since January 2008, when Mexico's top trafficker Joaquin 'Shorty' Guzman made a push to control the city and its lucrative smuggling routes.
Despite the arrest of thousands of suspected gang members in Chihuahua, the crackdown on cartels has provoked a wave of violent crime.
Thousands of jobless young men are fighting over local kidnapping, narcotics and extortion rackets in Mexico's home-grown drug market.
The drug violence is tarnishing the country's international image and worrying Washington and some investors.
In recent months, Meoqui had started to see some of this violence. A once peaceful town, the drug-related death tally has shot up to 40 deaths so far this year.
Meanwhile, Mexican soldiers have uncovered 18 bodies buried on a ranch near the U.S. border.
Troops acting on information from captured drug gunmen dug the bodies out from 11 graves near Palomas in Chihuahua state.
source: The Dailymail