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Minnesota couple killed on highway in Mexico

On the afternoon of April 7, “a group of unknown individuals traveling on a motorcycle caught up with the truck in which the couple was traveling and shot them several times,” according to the Oaxaca Post, which cited the Oaxaca prosecutor’s office.

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ST. PAUL -- A Coon Rapids, Minnesota, couple was shot dead on a highway near the Pacific Coast of Mexico near Puerto Escondido earlier this month, according to reports from a Mexican newspaper and social media.

On the afternoon of April 7, “a group of unknown individuals traveling on a motorcycle caught up with the truck in which the couple was traveling and shot them several times,” according to the Oaxaca Post, which cited the Oaxaca prosecutor’s office.

A posting on a GoFundMe site for the couple reads: “It is with great sadness we share that on April 7th, 2022, 49-year-old Miguel Angel Abrego Hurtado & 48-year-old Concepcion Leticia Carrillo Arellano were tragically murdered in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, leaving behind their 21-year-old son Miguel and 18-year-old daughter, Diana.” The site is seeking assistance for funeral costs and other related expenses.

Pablo Hernandez Jr., a Coon Rapids city council member wrote on Facebook: “What a heartbreaking situation for a Coon Rapids family at this time. My Vivian is classmates and friends with their daughter who is also graduating this year.”

The couple was in a black, double cabin truck with Minnesota license plates, according to the Oaxaca Post.

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Oaxaca is one of 14 Mexican states where the U.S. State Department advises travelers to “exercise increased caution” due to crime. Sixteen other states are considered more dangerous than Oaxaca and come with State Department recommendations either to “reconsider” traveling to or avoid altogether.

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