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First charges filed against tourists killed during surfing trip

The suspect is accused of enforced disappearance, with the Public Prosecution Service saying in a statement that it will also prosecute murder cases in connection with the case.

Brothers Jake and Callum Robinson disappeared along with their friend Jack Carter Rhoad during a surfing and camping trip near Ensenada, about 60 miles south of Tijuana.

Authorities believe that attackers attempted to steal the surfers’ vehicle during the evening of April 27 or the following morning, leading to a fatal altercation.

The suspect, one of three Mexican nationals arrested on suspicion of involvement in the kidnapping, was apprehended within hours of the incident.

“Other evidence, such as tent rods, firearm casings, plastic gallon bottles, bloodstains and drag marks, was also collected at the site where they were believed to be camping,” authorities said, as quoted by CNN.

Although Ensenada is not typically associated with the drug cartel violence that has plagued other parts of Baja California, the incident has raised safety concerns in tourist areas.

Last week, a demonstration in Ensenada drew attention to the issue, with surfers and locals calling for stronger measures to tackle violence against tourists and residents alike.

Mexico’s fight against drug-related violence has been exacerbated by demand for drugs from the United States, which provides cartels with significant resources and weapons.

Despite its appeal as a tourist destination, Mexico suffers from high levels of violent crime, especially in its border regions. The country’s homicide rate is among the highest in the world, with more than 1,00,000 people reported missing.

Concerns remain about the effectiveness of law enforcement efforts as research shows that only a small portion of murders in Mexico are successfully solved, CNN reported. (ANI)

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