SAN DIEGO — Three men have been arrested following an investigation into the killings of two San Diego teens and their friend in Tijuana, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, sourcing Mexican authorities.
The victims were in an apartment on the morning of Nov. 24 when a group of people arrived, torturing them for roughly two hours before killing them, the Baja California Attorney General’s Office said, according to the newspaper.
The victims were identified as 17-year-old Christopher Alexis Gomez, 18-year-old Juan Suarez-Ojeda and 17-year-old Angel Said Robles, the newspaper reported. Gomez and Suarez-Ojeda were from San Diego; Robles was from Tijuana. Gomez and Suarez-Ojeda both attended school in Encanto.
The suspects were identified only as Fabricio, Esteban Manuel and Alejandro, according to the newspaper. Authorities did not provide a cause of death or a possible motive.
The semi-clothed bodies of the three victims were found 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.
Classmates of the teenagers gathered at a park in Encanto to hold a vigil in their memory.