The world was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Maria Consuelo Loera, the 94-year-old mother of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman—the Mexican drug lord and former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Mrs. Loera passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with illness. She had been in ill health for more than two years, according to family members. Mrs. Loera had been a pillar of strength and resilience during her son’s legal saga, which began in 2014 when he was indicted by the U.S. government for drug trafficking and various other charges. At that time, she dedicated her time to caring for El Chapo’s wife, whom she viewed as a daughter, and their seven children. In order to show her unwavering support, she traveled to Mexico City numerous times throughout her son’s trial in the U.S. During this time, she was seen showing affectionate gestures towards El Chapo such as wiping his tears, showing him tender moments and pinching his cheeks in a motherly way. She was always present and ready to offer her son comfort whenever possible. Maria’s emotions for her son have been made apparent, which was never seen as something negative because she showed a sense of caring that a mother should have. And clearly, this strong bond between a mother and her son extended even to her last days. Mrs. Loera leaves behind six children, including El Chapo’s younger brother, as well as several grandchildren. She will be missed by many. May she rest in peace.