2 Americans shot dead at Mexican border

TIJUANA, Mexico, April 5 (UPI) -- Authorities in Tijuana, Mexico, Tuesday were trying to find the gunman who killed two Americans as they sat in traffic near the San Ysidro border crossing.

Mexican authorities said they had no motive for the early Monday slayings of Sergio Salcido Luna, 25, a professional martial arts fighter working for West Coast Beverage Maintenance in San Diego, and Kevin Joel Romero, 28, who also worked for the company, San Diego's KNSD-TV reported. Both men lived in Tijuana.


The company's owner told the TV station Salcido and Romero had worked for him for just over a year and were friends who trained together as Salcido prepared for upcoming fights.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported the men were shot repeatedly with a 9mm gun by an assailant who approached their vehicle on foot about 2:40 a.m. and fled.

"They were good guys," company owner Matt Pelot told the newspaper. "I don't think they were dealing drugs, selling drugs or anything to do with drugs. They were both very hardworking individuals. They had a zest for life."

Baja California Attorney General Rommel Moreno Manjarrez told reporters investigators were looking into the possibility the attack was drug related, saying one of the victims had a "small packet of drugs among his belongings." He didn't say which man that was.


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