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California woman shot dead at Mexican resort popular with Americans

An American woman has died in the crossfire of a drug deal gone wrong at a popular Mexican resort in the municipality of Tulum.

The Quintana Roo state attorney general’s office has opened an investigation into the February 9 incident that resulted in the deaths of a suspected drug trafficker from Belize and an American woman, later identified as Niko Honarbakhsh , 44, from Los Angeles, according to ABC News. .

The dead man had cocaine and “clear bags containing red and orange pills” as well as bags containing “brown granulated powder” in his possession when he was killed, leading the prosecutor’s office to determine that He was probably a drug dealer and part of a group. gang.

Local reports attempted to connect the two men and indicated they were involved in a relationship, but the prosecutor’s office dismissed those reports as inaccurate, according to a statement.

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An American woman was killed in a shooting in the Mexican resort town of Tulum on February 9, 2024.

Prosecutors contend Honarbakhsh died from a stray bullet. Both bodies will be autopsied as part of the investigation.

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Prosecutors identified suspects and began pursuing leads to apprehend them. None of the suspects have been named.

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A Mexican army unit patrols the streets of Tulum, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, January 31, 2023. Niko Honarbakhsh, 44, from Los Angeles, was shot dead in Tulum on February 9, 2024 , according to ABC News.

In recent years, other tourists have died in gang-related crossfires in Tulum. Two of those tourists, including a California travel blogger and a German, were killed in 2021 while eating at a restaurant after rival drug traffickers began shooting at each other.

Tulum is located south of Cancun and just a few hours north of the border with Belize, which is also on the coast of the Caribbean Sea.

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A front view during the grand opening of Tulum International Airport on December 1, 2023 in Tulum, Mexico, a popular resort area with Americans.

Last year, the United States issued “Do Not Travel” warnings for parts of Mexico in the run-up to the popular spring break in March, citing gang violence and noting that U.S. citizens “fell seriously sick or died in Mexico after using synthetic drugs or adulterated prescription pills.” “.

Cartel members kidnapped four Americans who were crossing the border to undergo cosmetic surgery, but two of them and an innocent Mexican passerby died during a shootout.

The U.S. State Department did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital at the time of publication.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Original article source: California woman shot dead at Mexican resort popular with Americans

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Jeoffro René

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