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San Diego teens killed execution-style in triple homicide in Tijuana


The victims were shot in the head, according to Tijuana police. (GoFundMe)

Two San Diego teenagers and one Mexican resident were killed execution-style in Tijuana, relatives and authorities say.

Christopher Alexis Gomez, 17, and Juan Suarez-Ojeda were found dead, along with an 18-year-old man from Tijuana.

“We’re all in disbelief that this happened,” Katheryn Garcia, Gomez’s cousin, tearfully said in a phone interview Wednesday with The San Diego Union-Tribune. “This was his first time going over to Tijuana or Ensenada.”

The three young men had gone to a party in Ensenada Friday night but never returned.

Gunfire erupted approximately 5 a.m. Sunday in south-central Tijuana at the Lomas Verdes housing complex, according to Tijuana police.

The victims — found dressed in their underwear — were tortured, forced to kneel and shot in the head.

“He was just 17 years old, a goofy, loving and hardworking football player at O’Farrell High School, that wanted to give his family the world,” Garcia wrote of her cousin in a GoFundMe post.

Gomez was a senior at O’Farrell Charter High School and Suarez-Ojeda graduated from Ingenuity Charter School this past year. Both schools are located in Encanto.

“It’s been pretty devastating for students and staff,” Jonathan Dean, O’Farrell Charter School Superintendent, said Wednesday. “It’s a tough situation.”

A GoFundMe campaign for the families of Gomez and Suarez-Ojeda has already raised nearly $7,000. The campaign set up solely for Gomez’ family by his cousin has raised $2,000.

Donations will help pay for funeral arrangements and other unexpected costs.