American tourist killed by stray bullet in Mexico City

Tatiana Mirutenko 27 was shot while exiting a restaurant in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood of Mexico City on Monday

American Tourist, 27, Killed in Mexico City

She was celebrating her first wedding anniversary on the trip.

Mexico City authorities are investigating the death of a USA tourist killed by what appeared to be a stray bullet in a shooting at a taco restaurant in a wealthy capital neighborhood. Mirutenko was shot in the head and killed.

"The analysis of the surveillance cameras, by the investigation police, allowed us to know that the aggressors fled to the State of Mexico", the Mexico City Attorney General's Office said in a statement.

Tatiana Mirutenko, 27, and her husband, James Hoover, were leaving the taqueria El Califa with two friends in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood when the gunman fired, CNN reported.

'She would give 200 percent. She and her husband were married last summer on July 1 in Chicago, where she grew up and her family still lives.

"As a mother, we always say things, but she inspired me to be better", recalled Natalie Mirutenko, Tatiana's mother, in an interview with Bay Area News Group media partner KGO-TV.

"She always went out of her way to make me feel special", Roma said.

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Mirutenko was a senior investor relations analyst for a San Francisco company that issued a statement calling her a "bright and passionate rising star", the station reported.

"We extend our honest condolences to friends and family members of the deceased", department spokesman Noel Clay said in an email.

'I'd give my life if she could just come back, ' her mother Natalie added. Although she was vacationing in a nation being strafed by violence and murders, with more than 29,000 people killed in 2017, the capital of Mexico City is statistically safer than her hometown of Chicago.

"A year ago, we were selecting flowers for the wedding", Mirutenko's father, Wasyl Mirutenko, told ABC News. Four states in the country-Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Michoacán and Guerrero-suffered a record 29,000 deaths previous year. "Many throughout Nektar, and outside the company, valued her positive energy, insight and sheer enthusiasm for life".

Unlike some other regions in Mexico that had Level 3 or 4 warnings, the State Department has assigned a Level 2 advisory ("exercise increased caution") to Mexico City "due to crime".

Her body will be flown from Mexico back to Chicago, where she will be buried, on Tuesday.

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