Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

American Tourist, 27, Killed in Mexico City

American Tourist, 27, Killed in Mexico City

- Friends, family, and co-workers of a 27-year-old San Francisco woman shot and killed in Mexico City over the weekend are mourning her loss and remembering her as a attractive, smart, amusing and talented sister, daughter, and wife.

Instead, the trip ended in tragedy after Mirutenko was killed early Saturday morning in an apparent drive-by shooting in Lomas de Chapultepec, a wealthy neighborhood in the Mexican capital better known for its mix of colonial and modern-style mansions than for violence.

The city's prosecutor's office says the 27-year-old Mirutenko was shot when gunmen aboard a motorcycle fired on a man identified as a bouncer at an area bar.

From her rescue dog, to her travels, to her husband, to her love for food, Tatiana Mirutenko's social media accounts document the life she built. "Today, we were looking at flowers for the funeral". "She would give 200 percent. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel to these areas", the advisory warned.

"She always went out of her way to make me feel special", Roma said.

"A year ago, we were selecting flowers for the wedding", Mirutenko's father, Wasyl Mirutenko, told ABC News.

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Mirutenko was a senior investor relations analyst at biopharmaceutical company, Nektar Therapeutics in San Francisco. "I'd give my life if she could just come back", said Natalie Mirutenko. San Francisco's Nektar Therapeutics, where Mirutenko worked, released a statement, saying: "Tatiana was a bright and passionate rising star". Four states in the country-Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Michoacán and Guerrero-suffered a record 29,000 deaths previous year. "She was always willing to help on any project across the company and had an incredibly strong work ethic".

Mirutenko, 27, was in Mexico celebrating her first wedding anniversary and had just told her family how safe she felt.

"Many throughout Nektar, and outside the company, valued her positive energy, insight and sheer enthusiasm for life", the company said in a statement.

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

Mirutenko's funeral will be held Saturday in Chicago, where she grew up.

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