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Two Canadians killed in Mexico linked to criminal activity

Forensic technicians and hotel employees stand near a scene where three Canadian citizens were injured by gunshots at Hotel Xcaret, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico January 21, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

Mexican state prosecutors said on Tuesday that the shooting of two Canadians with criminal records at a hotel near Cancun last week was likely prompted by a debt dispute tied to international criminal activity.

The news: Prosecutors in Cancun’s home state of Quintana Roo, on the Caribbean coast, claimed the two 34-year-old men who were killed had criminal records in Canada, including drug and guns trafficking, and that their assailants tracked them for several days.

  • The deceased were part of a party of 10 tourists who had travelled to the Yucatan Peninsula’s Quintana Roo to stay at the five-star Hotel Xcaret for their holiday.
  • The attack on the men was likely motivated by debts arising from criminal activities in which the victims were involved, according to Oscar Montes, the attorney general of Quintana Roo, who stated at a press conference that investigations revealed debts arising from criminal activities in which the victims were involved.
  • The crime, according to Carlos Joaquin, governor of Quintana Roo, was planned in Canada. “The state has no connection to the violent acts… These loans are associated with international criminal organisations “In an interview with local news station Milenio, he claimed.
  • Authorities have detained two people who have only been named as Christian ‘R’ and Nhu ‘T.’

What happened: According to authorities, a Mexican hitman named Christian ‘R’ was paid to kill the victims, but when the first attempt failed owing to the hotel security system, another unidentified criminal travelled to Cancun.

  • Video evidence shows Nhu ‘T’ entering the hotel as a visitor and exchanging information with the key suspect minutes before the deaths.
  • According to state prosecutors, a third person, a woman in a relationship with one of the victims, was wounded in the shooting and is still recovering in a hospital.
  • Authorities are currently looking into who orchestrated and funded the attacks.
  • Separately, the bar manager of Mamita’s Beach Club was shot and killed on Tuesday, according to state investigators. Investigators do not believe the attacks were linked, according to Quintana Roo’s governor.
  • The bar is waiting for the result of the investigations and collaborating with authorities to clarify what happened.
  • The two criminal suspects fled the scene, and local police verified on Twitter that they are on the lookout for them.
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