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Moment former Miss Guatemala hopeful is shot in the back of the head in broad daylight after dropping her daughter at school {VIDEO}

  • Model Rosa Otilia Ramirez, 32, was killed in broad daylight in Guatemala City
  • Video shows man walking up behind her and shooting her in the back of the head
  • Police believe the suspect was known to Ramirez and it was a 'crime of passion' 
  • Guatemala is consistently ranked among the most violent countries in the world, with 4,500 reported homicides in 2016 alone

This is the harrowing moment a former model and Miss Guatemala contestant was shot through the back of the head in broad daylight.

Rosa Otilia Ramirez, 32, was killed at 7am on January 19 in Guatemala City as she walked home after dropping her daughter off at school.

CCTV captured Ramirez' final moments as she strolled along the pavement, unaware that a masked assassin was following her. 

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Shocking CCTV of ex Miss Guatemala participant shot in the head

Rosa Otilia Ramirez, 32, was shot dead in an assassination in Guatemala City at 7am on January 19 as she walked home after dropping her daughter at school

Police say Ramirez was killed by somebody who knew her in what was likely a 'crime of passion', but have not made a single arrest or named a suspect

Police say Ramirez was killed by somebody who knew her in what was likely a 'crime of passion', but have not made a single arrest or named a suspect

He can be seen reaching into his waistband and pulling out a handgun before quickening his step to catch up to her.

Before Ramirez can even raise her head to check who is approaching he fires a single shot through the back of her head.

She can then be seen crumpling to the floor before the man flees back in the direction he came.  

As Ramirez' body lies on the pavement, cars can be seen driving past on the street as people make their way to work.

The footage was broadcast by Guatemalan media as police appealed for information on the brutal killing. 

Police say the killer knew Ramirez and it was likely a 'crime of passion', though have not named a suspect or made a single arrest. 

CCTV broadcast by Guatemalan television stations shows Ramirez walking along the street as cars drive past, unaware a masked assassin is following her

CCTV broadcast by Guatemalan television stations shows Ramirez walking along the street as cars drive past, unaware a masked assassin is following her

The man can be seen reaching into his waistband and pulling out a gun before running up to the former Miss Guatemala contestant and firing once through the back of her head

The man can be seen reaching into his waistband and pulling out a gun before running up to the former Miss Guatemala contestant and firing once through the back of her head

How dangerous is Guatemala? South American country is one of the most violent in the world

Guatemala is consistently ranked among the most violent countries in the world, with easy access to guns, an endemic gang problem and corrupt police leading to a sky-high murder rate.

In 2009 more civilians were reported killed in Guatemala than in war-torn Iraq, with 97 per cent of murders going unsolved, the New Yorker reported.

'Guatemala is a good place to commit a murder,' one UN official noted at the time, 'because you will almost certainly get away with it.'

While the situation has improved somewhat, in 2016 there were still 4,500 homicides logged by police.

Guatemala has one of the highest rates of violent crime in the world, with a heavily armed populace and weak police force to blame. Pictured are two victims of a 2017 gang shooting outside a hospital in Guatemala City

Guatemala has one of the highest rates of violent crime in the world, with a heavily armed populace and weak police force to blame. Pictured are two victims of a 2017 gang shooting outside a hospital in Guatemala City

An endemic gang problem also contributes to the violence, with the MS13 gang (member pictured) and Mara Barrio 18 gangs operating here

An endemic gang problem also contributes to the violence, with the MS13 gang (member pictured) and Mara Barrio 18 gangs operating here

But that figure does not include attacks where the victim left the scene alive and later died, leading with the actual murder rate believed to be more than 20 per cent higher, according to the US State Department.

The same year the Guatemalan National Police also logged 3,500 disappearances, 14,000 instances of property crime, and 1,500 reports of theft and assault. 

Violent crime is attributed to endemic poverty, an abundance of weapons, and a legacy of societal violence which included a vicious civil war fought between the government and various leftist groups between 1960 and 1996. 

The power vacuum left after the war ended has since given rise to the rise of some of the most bloodthirsty gangs in the world including Mara Salvatrucha, known as MS13, and Mara Barrio 18. 

The gangs are well-known for carrying out targeted assassinations, using children as young as 12 to commit the killings. 

Poverty, an endemic gang problem and a history of societal violence is largely blamed for Guatemala's murder rate. Pictured, the Queqchí people exhume the remains of loved ones killed in the brutal civil war which raged from 1960 to 1996

Poverty, an endemic gang problem and a history of societal violence is largely blamed for Guatemala's murder rate. Pictured, the Queqchí people exhume the remains of loved ones killed in the brutal civil war which raged from 1960 to 1996

As Guatemala's murder rate rocketed between 2000 and 2009, so did immigration to America. In 1990, 265,000 attempted to cross the border into the US, but by 2015 that number was almost 1million (file)

As Guatemala's murder rate rocketed between 2000 and 2009, so did immigration to America. In 1990, 265,000 attempted to cross the border into the US, but by 2015 that number was almost 1million (file)

A combination of these factors, plus the financial crash of 2008, saw the murder rate explode in the early 2000s, reaching a peak of 6,400 in 2009.

During that time immigration from Guatemala to the US also increased dramatically.

In 1990, 265,000 Guatemalans were recorded crossing the border into America, according to analysis by the Pew Research Center.

By 2007 that had reached 750,000 and in 2015 almost a million Guatemalans chanced the border crossing.

Migration formed the centerpiece policy of Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, with the now-President repeatedly stating that dangerous criminals were making their way across the southern border. 

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