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Mexico: Three surfers found murdered over truck theft

Ensenada outraged as Australians, American tourists found killed

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Three tourists – Australian brothers Jake (30) and Callum Robinson (33) and American Jack Carter Rhoad (30) – were found murdered in Baja California, Mexico, authorities confirmed.

The men, who were on a surfing trip, disappeared on April 27th. Their bodies were discovered in a well near Ensenada on Friday. Relatives identified the remains on Sunday.

Officials believe the men were attacked while resisting the theft of their pickup truck. Two men and a woman have been detained in connection with the case.

The killings have sparked outrage in Ensenada, a popular tourist destination known for its safer reputation compared to other parts of Baja California. Scores of protesters marched in the city on Sunday, demanding justice for the victims. Surfers also held a memorial ceremony in the ocean.

The Australian government expressed condolences to the Robinson family, while friends of the victims shared tributes on social media. Jack Carter Rhoad had recently gotten engaged to his partner.

[With information from the BBC]

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