June 27, 2022
Two Mexican tourists are killed by a California travel blogger
MEXICO CITY — A San Jose, California woman born in India was one of two foreign tourists killed in the apparent crossfire of a drug-gang shootout in Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort of Tulum.Authorities in Quintana Roo, the state where Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cancun are located, said one of the dead women was Anjali…

MEXICO CITY – A San Jose, California woman who was born in India was among the two foreign tourists who were killed in a gunfight between drug-gang gangs in Mexico’s Caribbean resort of Tulum.

Authorities of Quintana Roo (the state where Tulum and Playa del Carmen are located) said that Anjali Ryot was one of the victims.

A post by Ryot on an Instagram account with the same name showed her relaxing and smiling at a Tulum seaside pier two days ago. She was listed as a travel blogger hailing from Himachal in India and living in California. The Facebook page linked to her said that she was from San Jose.

A German woman was shot and killed. However, her hometown was not immediately available.

Three foreign tourists were also injured in Wednesday’s shooting at a streetside restaurant with some outdoor tables just off Tulum’s main strip. Two German men and one Dutch woman were among them.

The German Foreign Office issued a travel advisory about the violence, advising its citizens “if you are currently in the Tulum or Playa del Carmen area, do not leave your secured hotel facilities.”

The gunfight apparently broke out between two groups that operate street-level drug sales in the area, according to prosecutors. According to prosecutors, the gunfight broke out between two groups that operate street-level drug sales in the area. The tourists were likely eating at the restaurant when they became caught up in the melee.

Police security tape covers the entrance of a restaurant the day after a fatal shooting in Tulum, Mexico, on Oct. 22, 2021. Christian Rojas / AP

The shooting occurred on Tulum’s ‘Mini-Quinta,’ a reference to Playa del Carmen’s larger, flashier bar and restaurant zone known as Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue.

Friday’s photos were posted by Citizens Observatorio of Tulum. They show hand-written signs at a Tulum market. The sign was signed by Los Pelones, a drug gang.

“We have complete control.” The sign stated. This gang is part of the Gulf Cartel and has been extorting protection money from Cancun bars and nightclubs for years. However, it appears that they have expanded their operations to Playa del Carmen, Tulum and other areas. The gang is also fighting other groups in the region’s lucrative drug trade.

The killings threatened Tulum’s reputation as a quiet, peaceful beach town that isn’t subject to the same crowding and problems as Cancun.

After being shot, James Graham, a U.S. tourist, stated that he came to Tulum to look at renting a property on AirBnB. Graham stated that “Right now we aren’t so sure we will buy anything here.”

” Graham stated that it was surprising that we thought this kind of crime would not be in tourist areas. It’s a large part of the economy. You would expect that you would take extra care to ensure that tourists feel safe when they come here .”

But there were signs that the situation was not under control many months ago. Two men were killed and another wounded on Tulum’s beach in June.

In Playa del Carmen, police launched a major raid on Thursday, detaining 26 suspects – most likely for drug sales — following the shooting death of a local policewoman. Friday’s arrest of a suspect in the killing was announced by the prosecution.

Crime has “risen a bit with extortion with drug sales to foreigners, and Mexicans,” prosecutors said in a statement regarding the raid.

The administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pinned its hopes on Tulum, where it has announced plans to build an international airport and a stop for the Maya train, which will run in a loop around the Yucatan peninsula.

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