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On April 4 at about 2:30 a.m., motorists at the San Ysidro port of entry were shocked to see two male U.S. citizens shot to death as they waited in line to cross the border.

According to a report in Tijuana’s daily Frontera, the victims, identified as Kevin Joel Romero (28) and Sergio Salcido Luna (25), lived in Tijuana.

Witnesses said the men were sitting in a white pickup truck in the long line of vehicles when a man, dressed in black, began running in and out of the line of vehicles as if searching for his prey. He arrived at their pickup truck, pulled out an automatic pistol, and began firing into the vehicle. The perpetrator then escaped by vaulting down from a bridge and into a landscaped park area below.

Police found the two victims dead in the truck with lethal wounds to their heads, throats, chests, and arms and found five 9mm shell casings on the ground.

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AAA April 5, 2011 @ 2:36 p.m.

Uh, why were US citizens living im mexico? The whole point of being a US citizen is so you don't have to live in a third world crap-hole. Sounds like they were up to no good.


deniz Sept. 25, 2012 @ 8:34 a.m.

This is exactly the kind of comments that frustrate and insult those with intelligence. It amazes me to read such bias and prejudice opinions before examining the facts. First: This occurred at 2:30 am and the killer was running in and out of lines searching. Therefore this incident was not a random act. Second there is nothing written in the article that supports a theft since there was nothing stolen. Third: it was not a single shot to scare them. Clearly they wanted these people dead (Shot head, neck and chest) and someone paid to make it happen.

I understand that you living in a first word country were the unemployment rate is sky high and education level is so poor since you don’t even have the ability to see the obvious do to a lack of education. Your expressions of a place you clearly know nothing about is insulting, ignorant and clearly portrays your value as a human being.


deniz Sept. 25, 2012 @ 8:35 a.m.

You want tragedy? April 1999 - two teenage schoolboys shot and killed 12 schoolmates and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, before killing themselves. July 1999 - a stock exchange trader in Atlanta, Georgia, killed 12 people including his wife and two children before taking his own life. September 1999 - a gunman opened fire at a prayer service in Fort Worth, Texas, killing six people before committing suicide. October 2002 - a series of sniper-style shootings occurred in Washington DC, leaving 10 dead. August 2003 - in Chicago, a laid-off worker shot and killed six of his former workmates. November 2004 - in Birchwood, Wisconsin, a hunter killed six other hunters and wounded two others after an argument with them. March 2005 - a man opened fire at a church service in Brookfield, Wisconsin, killing seven people. October 2006 - a truck driver killed five schoolgirls and seriously wounded six others in a school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before taking his own life. April 2007 - student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 15 others at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, before shooting himself, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the United States after 2000. August 2007 - Three Delaware State University students were shot and killed in “execution style” by a 28-year-old and two 15-year-old boys. A fourth student was shot and stabbed. September 2007 - A freshman student at Delaware State University shot and wounded two other students at a campus dining hall. December 2007 - a 20-year-old man killed nine people and injured five others in a shopping center in Omaha, Nebraska. December 2007 - a woman and her boyfriend shot dead six members of her family on Christmas Eve in Carnation, Washington. February 2008 - a shooter who is still at large tied up and shot six women at a suburban clothing store in Chicago, leaving five of them dead and the remaining one injured. February 2008 - a man opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, killing five students and wounding 16 others before laying down his weapon and surrendering. July 2008 – A former student shot three people in a computer lab at South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, Arizona. September 2008 - a mentally ill man who was released from jail one month earlier shot eight people in Alger, Washington, leaving six of them dead and the rest two wounded. October 2008 - Several men in a car drove up to a dormitory at the University of Central Arkansas and opened fire, killing two students and injuring a third person. December 2008 - a man dressed in a Santa Claus suit opened fire at a family Christmas party in Covina, California, then set fire on the house and killed himself. Police later found nine people dead in the debris of the house.


deniz Sept. 25, 2012 @ 8:35 a.m.

March 2009 - a 28-year-old laid-off worker opened fire while driving a car through several towns in Alabama, killing 10 people. March 2009 - a heavily-armed gunman shot dead eight people, many of them elderly and sick people, in a private-owned nursing home in North Carolina. March 2009 - six people were shot dead in a high-grade apartment building in Santa Clara, California. April 2009 – An 18-year-old former student followed a pizza deliveryman into his old dormitory, and shot the deliveryman, a dorm monitor, and himself at Hampton University, Virginia. April 2009 - a man shot dead 13 people at a civic center in Binghamton, New York. July 2009 - Six people, including one student, were shot in a drive-by shooting at a community rally on the campus of Texas Southern University, Houston. November 2009 - U.S. army psychologist Major Nidal Hasan opened fire at a military base in Fort Hood, Texas, leaving 13 dead and 42 others wounded. February 2010 – A professor opened fire 50 minutes into at a Biological Sciences Department faculty meeting at the University of Alabama, killing three colleagues and wounding three others January 2011 - a gunman opened fire at a public gathering outside a grocery in Tuscon, Arizona, killing six people including a nine-year-old girl and wounding at least 12 others. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was severely injured with a gunshot to the head. July 2012 - Masked gunman opens fire at midnight cinema screen of new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 and injuring 58. Suspect James Holmes is arrested by oplice and awaiting trial. August 2012 - Gunman kills six people at SIkh temple in Wisconsin before being shot dead by police. Suspect is named as white supremacists Wade Michael Page.


SurfPuppy619 April 5, 2011 @ 4:54 p.m.

Uh, why were US citizens living im mexico? The whole point of being a US citizen is so you don't have to live in a third world crap-hole

It was reported by news outlets they lived there because they could not afford the USA.


Visduh April 5, 2011 @ 10:10 p.m.

Plenty of US citizens choose for some set of mysterious reasons to live in TJ, and not all of those are Hispanics. These guys were obviously Hispanic, and may have had as much family in Mexico as they did in the US. Some years back a former SD County supervisor by the name of Jim Bear (sp?) was living in TJ to escape the high cost of living here. It's not something I'd ever have wanted to do, and sure wouldn't want to try it now. As to why a couple of US citizens with decent jobs would want to put up with that godawful border crossing process every day, I could not say. They obviously didn't think that living there was living in a third world crap hole. They were probably more comfortable in TJ due to their language, culture, and family ties. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks.


tomjohnston April 6, 2011 @ 10:24 a.m.

According to their employer, they moved into Mexico because they wanted to live at the beach and couldn't afford to north of the border. The article I read said the only relatives they have in Mexico are the 2 sons of the older one. Having someone walk up to a vehicle at 2:30 in the morning and kill the 2 people in it doesn't sound random to me.


David Dodd April 6, 2011 @ 12:58 a.m.

This was obviously a random shooting and not at all related to the drug running. Because, you know, we all get shot at randomly down here. Just waiting in line to cross the border! And they are all dressed in black. Someone should make a movie.


mngcornaglia April 6, 2011 @ 4:11 a.m.

Many American citizens are unaware the U.S. State Department maintains a travel warning to those about to enter or living in Mexico. The potential for life-threatening danger should be a serious consideration especially in border areas including the city of Tijuana. Nonetheless, tourism marketing persist in attempts to discredit such headlines as, "Mexico the Most Dangerous Country for Americans". In the meantime, cruise lines have discontinued Mexican Rivera stops due to increased fears and declining passenger bookings. Before traveling to Mexico, Americans should realize that Mexico currently shares the current U.S. State Department travel warnings list with countries such as Egypt, Haiti, and Iran among others...


David Dodd April 6, 2011 @ 5:34 a.m.

I think that all U.S. Americans should continue to believe in their government. And support the air strikes on Libya, the just war in Afghanistan, and the campaign against Mexico and Mexicans in general. Because Americans need their heroin and their cocaine, and Goddammit, nothing should ever get in the way of that. It's the American way!


David Dodd April 7, 2011 @ 5:33 p.m.

"Here in California, a full three quarters of the state population are foreign-born..."

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. They are not entitled to invent their own versions of statistical facts. I invite you to prove this (and you can't because it isn't true), or perhaps seek a different level of discussion. Or perhaps join the FOX news network, they would love your lack of research and your high level of achievement for propagating bullsh*t.


tomjohnston April 8, 2011 @ 9:23 a.m.

According to the 2000 census, 73% of California's population was born in the United States and half of all Californians were born in the state. I don't believe that in the last 10 years half the state's population, and all of them American born, have moved out of state and been replaced by foreign-born. I guess I could be wrong, though I do remember seeing on tv that there were WMDs in Iraq and that Anna Nicole married for love. It's just so hard to find a good news broadcast these days.


tomjohnston April 7, 2011 @ 7:09 p.m.

"Yes, there are many Americans using illegals substances, and do you know who most of them are? Mexican-Americans, first generation, who still have close ties to Mexico"

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. They are not entitled to invent their own versions of statistical facts. I invite you to prove this (and you can't because it isn't true), or perhaps seek a different level of discussion. Or perhaps join the FOX news network, they would love your lack of research and your high level of achievement for propagating bullsh*t. (my apologies to refriedgringo for the plagiarism, but it was too well said to be topped)


bree April 6, 2011 @ 6:50 a.m.

I am one of those American citizens living in Mexico and I commute in that horrible line everyday. I have met hundreds of people in the same situation, most of whom have small children like I do. Changes in the immigration system following 9/11 has left thousands of families with a choice between being torn apart from each other or living outside the country. While Mexico is not the war zone the media portrays, we dream for the day when the US will value family as much as we do.
I drive past the spot where these men were killed everyday. My heart goes out to their families.


Ponzi April 6, 2011 @ 7:05 a.m.

I just returned from a visit to Mexico City (April 3). The crime rate there is one third of that of Washington D.C. and Mexico City metropolitan area has 20 million people. I used the metro (subway) to get around most of the time. I took a regular bus to the pyramids, not a tour bus. I shopped in the local stores and walked around residential areas after dark. In 7 days, I never had one experience of panhandling or other confrontations that I usually have happen in San Diego’s downtown. I saw perhaps two people sleeping on park benches and they may have just been taking a nap. I witness more homelessness in San Diego that I saw in Mexico City.

Mexico City people were more helpful, polite and appeared genuinely peaceful than the people I regularly encounter in San Diego. The problem with the crime in Mexico is not the people, it is the drug trade. America has an insatiable appetite for pot and coke. We need to admit that alcohol is a more devastating drug than pot, and that rarely a pot smoker kills people in a DUI. Then legalize pot. Then clamp down on the cocaine users and distributors.

In the end, Mexico may get the last laugh. They are oil independent, a net exporter. They have no national debt. Someday, the way things are going, we are going to find America to be the third world country and Mexico , Canada and Brazil the wealthiest nations in the western hemisphere.

By the way, I know college mathematics profess that lives in TJ. There are plenty of nice homes there. As far as murder, Americans kill more people every month in DUI accidents than drug dealers kill in a year in Mexico.


SurfPuppy619 April 6, 2011 @ 2:10 p.m.

In the end, Mexico may get the last laugh. They are oil independent, a net exporter. They have no national debt

Interesting that they have no debt and we have $14 trillion goin on $20 trillion, and we are 100 times the production of them.


Evelyn April 6, 2011 @ 8:57 a.m.

The Union-Tribune article about the shooting does make it seem like it was a random shooting, at least it did when i read it. This article, however, definitely clarifies any doubts I may have had about the motivations for the shooting.


joerocket90 April 6, 2011 @ 10:53 a.m.

Wow! Reading some of these posts leads me to believe that Americans are very ignorant about Tijuana and life in Mexico. As an American Citizen living here in Mexico for the last 5 years I tell you that here in Tijuana it's very safe for Americans who aren't mixed up in the drug trafficking. There are probably about 80,000 American born mexicans, who were raised in Mexico, living in Tijuana, but who work in the U.S. Some of these guys are mixed up with the cartel. As you can see, these two guys had Mexican names and were most likely born or received their citizenship some other way but had been raised and lived in Tijuana. Tijuana is safe for tourism but not if your stupid and dealing drugs. There is a war right now between the government, and competing drug dealers. Apart from that, Tijuana has awesome restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas, private communities, family life, beaches, golf and some of the kindest and humblest people you'll ever meet. They are very family oriented and many have a deep faith in God. The majority refuse to enter the drug world. My advice: Don't be afraid of what you don't understand, just learn to understand it and you rid yourself of fear, ignorance.


deniz Sept. 25, 2012 @ 8:51 a.m.

Mindy, you should stay in the US. With that mentality you should stay there as it would be safer for you and your perception of reality in a place you don't live in yet have such a strong opinion of. Just remember that if there wasn't such demand for drugs then this would not be a problem.


Evelyn April 6, 2011 @ 2:43 p.m.

This is somewhat of a reply to Mindy's post(above this one)

I went on a roap trip two weeks ago to Austin, TX. El Paso is right smack in the middle of Austin and San Diego (10 hrs from each, roughly). I absolutely refused to stop anywhere in the vicinity of El Paso because of the Juarez killings. If TJ has a drug dependency problem, then Juarez is addicted. I say this also because of the hundreds of unsolved murders of women. I may not be the prettiest flower but i am a flower. I simply did not and do not feel comfortable visiting an unknown town at night (when we were passing through) whether that's in the US or Mexico. (Similar where-the-heck-are-we?-and-why-are-we-here?-and lock your doors instances have happened in LA and Santee)

That being said, I love TJ and visit whenever I can. I know TJ. Almost as well as I know San Diego but not quite since I don't know colonias (communities) or specific names for pretty much every road. And unlike with Juarez, I have no fear when it comes to visiting TJ. Ever.

I also have no fear when it comes to visiting any area of Mexico. (and really, I would probably visit Juarez with a local and during the day.) Just because an apple has a spot doesn't mean the whole thing has gone rotten.

And to conclude the longest comment in history, Mindy's comment (which, again, prompted this response)made me realize that people are interchanging TJ and Mexico to mean the same location.

Tijuana is in Mexico but it does not represent all of Mexico. Just like San Diego, Ca and San Diego, TX are in the US but these two towns don't represent the entire United States of America.


David Dodd April 6, 2011 @ 11:03 p.m.

I've decided I'm an expert on San Marcos. I'm the "go-to" guy, the man with a valid opinion, someone to be reckoned with when it comes to all things San Marcos. After all, I've been there. Like, twenty times. And, I have a good friend of a very close family member that owns a home there, so I'm likely an expert now on all things San Marcos. Look for my shining opinion on San Marcos, coming to a stringer story with an erroneously printed date of occurrence near you!


mngcornaglia April 8, 2011 @ 11:17 a.m.

Baja Encourages Strengthen European Ties

The ambassadors of Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Belgium, Slovak Republic, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and Netherlands recently participated in a visit to Baja California. El Linea Tijuana, a news daily, reported that in meetings of Mexico and European Union ambassadors in Tijuana that they will strengthen economic, tourist, cultural and commercial cooperation with Baja California. Marie-Anne Coninsx, EU Ambassador for Mexico stated that the impressions obtained from the meeting were positive at demonstrating the potential for development in all aspects of Baja California. The diplomatic attendees recognized the vision of the State Governor, José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, by developing innovative projects that will make BC State of the art, by virtue of its modern criminal justice system, modernized border crossing, as well as for the latest generation of renewable energy sources. The meetings’work agenda provided opportunities learn even more about this region. “This is good because it allows us to get better insight on opportunities to channel investment and facilitate exchanges, as well as to discover the touristic and cultural wealth of Baja California", said the Govenor. EU Ambassadors agreed by pointing out that the tour allowed them to exchange experiences and valuable information to share with investors and entrepreneurs in their own countries. Main areas of interest to channel investment into Baja California are those related to renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, automotive, aerospace and mining industries. Also mentioned was that this visit allowed them to learn more about life here, ensuring it is a safe and reliable place to establish investment and promote exchange. They learned Baja California is first class in many ways by enjoying tourist attractions such as the wine route, the coastal corridor and many sites of interest as Centro Cultural Tijuana, among others.

Source: El Linea Tijuana


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