posted Oct 20, 2013, 10:08 PM by Ostermyr Elizabeth
updated Mar 3, 2015, 6:06 AM
A former member of Mexico's Tijuana Cartel was shot and killed in the popular Cabo tourist area. Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix was shot Friday night at a "party venue" at a beachfront hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Baja Sur, Mexico.
A gunman in a clown costume shot and killed the oldest brother of one of Mexico's most notorious drug trafficking families in the resort of Los Cabos, authorities said on Saturday.
He and his brothers controlled the drug trade on Mexico's border with the United States in the 1990s. But their Tijuana cartel was gradually weakened by the capture or killing of other leading members.
"He was hit by two bullets, one in the chest and one in the head," said Isai Arias, a Baja California state government official. The motive for the attack and the gunmen's disguise were being investigated, he added.
Another official working with state prosecutors said Arellano Felix, the oldest of the brothers who headed the gang, was not wanted by authorities at the time of his death. The possibility that his killer had ties to organized crime was being investigated, the official said.
The attack took place during a family party at a rented beach house in the tourist resort of Cabo San Lucas.