She was barely noticeable at the end of a lineup by Mexican police, seemingly lost in a ballyhooed news conference to announce arrests made in last year’s shooting of soccer star Salvador Cabañas.
But the teary-eyed woman in an oversized, dark coat was anything but inconspicuous before she – along with her alleged drug cartel boyfriend and five other suspects – became a suspect in the seedy shooting in Mexico City that left Cabañas with a hole in his head.
Juliana Sossa Toro was a stunning model, a Colombian knockout who made her name in Mexican modeling competitions.
Authorities, however, believe that behind the beauty, Sossa Toro was a femme fatale of sorts.
She was arrested Tuesday for her alleged involvement in the Jan. 25 shooting. Her boyfriend, José Jorge Balderas, who is known by his initials “JJ,” was the alleged ringleader.
Balderas has denied shooting Cabañas. He told police the two encountered each other in the bathroom of a popular downtown nightspot when Cabañas “reacted in an aggressive manner, both verbally and physically,” said Federal Public Safety Department Anti-Drug Division chief Ramón Eduardo Pequeño.
Cabañas was shot in the head. He miraculously survived, but can cannot resume his career.
Sossa Toro seems an odd fit with the crew, which has alleged ties to purported drug dealer Edgar Valdez Villarreal, or “La Barbie,” who was arrested last year. On a Facebook page alleged to Sossa Toro’s, it reads that she was born May 7, 1985, in Medellín, Colombian.
She studied communications at the Corporación Universitaria Rémington, the page read, and said she participated in the Miss Antioquia 2008 competition.
Her favorite quote?
“Tienes que llegar, a donde nadie más lo hará,” or, “You have to go where no one else will.”
The Facebook page also says that she lives in Huixquilucan de Degollado, Mexico, where authorities said the drug ring distributed cocaine and weapons. It also says that she likes men and is currently in a relationship.