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American woman killed in Mexico after U.S. issues travel warnings

Tatiana Mirutenko 27 was shot while exiting a restaurant in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood of Mexico City on Monday American Tourist, 27, Killed in Mexico City
Deanna Wagner | 11 July, 2018, 23:25

Tatiana Mirutenko, 27, was walking out of El Califa, a taco restaurant in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood, at 5.50am on Monday when she was shot by one of two men on a motorcycle who opened fire from the road in an attempt to kill a bouncer. She and her husband, James Hoover, were dining in Lomas de Chapultepec, an upscale section of Mexico City.

The intended target was another patron at the taqueria, a 46-year-old bouncer who worked at a bar in another Mexico City neighborhood, the Mexico City prosecutor's office said.

Tatiana Mirutenko, 27, was leaving a restaurant on Saturday in an upmarket neighbourhood with her husband and friends when she was shot and killed.

"She would give 200 percent", Natalie Mirutenko told the news station. "The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is providing all appropriate consular services to her family".

"A year ago, we were selecting flowers for the wedding", said Wasyl Mirutenko, Tatiana's father, in an interview with KGO-TV.

On Tuesday, Mirutenko's body will be flown to Chicago, where she will be buried July 14. Through the first four months of 2018, Chicago had 154 murders and Mexico City was at 382-but the Mexican capital population is 8.8 million compared with Chicago's 2.7 Nevertheless, in March, the U.S. State Department posted a travel advisory for Americans considering a visit to Mexico City. "I'd give my life if she could just come back".

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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.

Jennifer Ruddock, a spokeswoman for Nektar Therapeutics, described Ms Mirutenko as "a bright and passionate rising star".

"Out of respect for the family during this hard time, we have no further comment".

Earlier this year, the State Department rolled out a new tiered travel advisory system to warn US citizens of potential dangers while traveling overseas.

"Many throughout Nektar, and outside the company, valued her positive energy, insight and sheer enthusiasm for life", the company said in a statement. The alert urges travelers "exercise increased caution due to crime". "She will be incredibly missed by all of us at Nektar Therapeutics", Ruddock said.

Her younger sister, Roma Mirutenko, said she greatly admired Tatiana.