Three men were jailed Thursday evening on suspicion of murdering three teenagers, including two from San Diego, in a Tijuana neighborhood in November.
Alejandro N., Fabricio N. and Esteban Manuel N. were in custody, suspected of the killings, according to the General Attorney’s Office of Baja California. Alejandro N. is nicknamed “El Orejas,” NBC7 reported.
The execution-style murders of Christopher Alexis Gomez, 17, a football player in his senior year at O’Farrell Charter High School, and Juan Suarez-Ojeda, 18, who graduated from Ingenuity Charter School on the shared Encanto campus in 2018, occurred Nov. 25, 2018. The third victim was identified as Angel Said Robles Ibbara, 17, of Tijuana.
The trio had gone together to a barbecue in Ensenada Nov. 23 and were supposed to return home that same night, Gomez’s cousin, Katheryn Garcia, told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Authorities have not disclosed any indication of what might have led to the killings.
The semi-clothed bodies of the three victims were found early on the morning of Nov. 25 in a complex of apartments in Lomas Verdes, according to the Union-Tribune. The bodies were found outside one of the buildings, and initial police reports stated they had been shot in the head.
Jorge Alvarez, head of the Baja California Attorney General’s Office in Tijuana, told the Union-Tribune that preliminary information indicated the two San Diegans were familiar with the neighborhood where they were killed.
“They did not live there, but they came to visit family members, one of them apparently did so frequently,” Alvarez told the newspaper.
Said reportedly called his mother early Sunday and told her they were safe but had lost their cellphones, Garcia told the Union-Tribune.
Family members contacted Baja California authorities and frantically searched for the missing teenagers over the weekend, Garcia told the newspaper. On the evening of Nov. 25, Tijuana police told the families about the three bodies found outside the Lomas Verdes apartment.
“When we have this type of incident, we work together with U.S. authorities,” Alvarez told the Union-Tribune. “They help us and we help them.”
— City News Service