Instagram influencer, German tourist dead after drug shootout in Mexico
A California Instagram influencer was among two killed on Wednesday when they were caught in the crossfire in a gang shootout in Tulum.
One of the women killed was Anjali Ryot – a 25-year-old travel blogger with more than 42,000 Instagram followers – according to authorities in Quintana Roo, the state where Tulum is located. Germany’s Jennifer Henzold, 35, was also killed by the gunfire, which took place around 10 p.m. local time, according to News.com.au.
Doctors declared Ryot dead at the scene, while Henzold was rushed to hospital, where she died, according to the media outlet. Ryot is originally from Himachal, India, and lived in San Jose, California, according to his social media profiles.
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Three other tourists were injured in the shooting at a bar near Tulum’s main street, including two Germans and a Dutch woman.
In response, the German Foreign Ministry issued a travel advisory, telling Germans visiting resort destinations in Mexico, “If you are currently in the Tulum or Playa del Carmen area, do not leave your secure hotel facilities. “.
The shooting erupted between two groups of drug traffickers who operate in the busy area, prosecutors said.
Investigations revealed that there was “an armed clash between criminal groups engaged in the sale of drugs,” said the local prosecutor.
“I strongly condemn the tragic events that took place last night in Tulum in which two people lost their lives and three others were injured,” Tulum mayor Marciano Dzul Caaman tweeted on Thursday.
The travelers were dining at a bar called La Malquerida in the tourist center and were likely caught in the crossfire.
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After the shooting, American tourist James Graham said he came to Tulum with the idea of buying property there to rent on AirBnB, but “the surprising shooting gave him pause.
“At the moment we are not sure we will buy anything here,” he said.
“I think what was surprising was that we thought this type of crime wouldn’t necessarily be where the main tourist areas are, just because it’s such a big part of the economy,” he said. Graham explained. “You would think you would be very careful to make sure you know tourists feel very safe coming here.”