An American woman celebrating her first wedding anniversary in Mexico City has died after being shot by a stray bullet as she walked out of a taco restaurant.
Tatiana Mirutenko, 27, was shot while exiting a restaurant in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood of the Mexico capital at about 5:50 a.m.
The city prosecutor's office believe the men meant to target a bouncer working at a bar in the area when Ms Mirutenko was struck in the head by a bullet.
Her husband, James, was steps away at the time of the shooting.
"We've traveled to Mexico all of our lives", Mirutenko's father, Wasyl, said.
Mirutenko, a Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, native, attended Clemson University, where she played Division I volleyball, and she worked for a San Francisco-based biopharmaceutical company.
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"We extend our honest condolences to friends and family members of the deceased", the Bureau of Consular Affairs said in a statement.
Her death is the latest in dozens this year across the country which have prompted warnings from the United States government to tourists.
Mirutenko, 27, was in Mexico celebrating her first wedding anniversary and had just told her family how safe she felt.
"She would give 200 percent", said Natalie. Mirutenko's body will be returning to the US tomorrow. "Out of respect for the family during this hard time, we have no further comment". Mexico state surrounds Mexico City to the east, west and north. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is providing all appropriate consular services to her family. "She was always willing to help on any project across the company and had an incredibly strong work ethic". San Francisco's Nektar Therapeutics, where Mirutenko worked, released a statement, saying: "Tatiana was a bright and passionate rising star".
"It is with very heavy hearts that we received the devastating news about our Nektar team member and colleague Tatiana Mirutenko", Nektar vice president Jennifer Ruddock said.
"Many throughout Nektar, and outside the company, valued her positive energy, insight and sheer enthusiasm for life", the company said in a statement. "She will be incredibly missed by all of us at Nektar Therapeutics".