An FBI agent's son was gunned down at point-blank range outside a taco stand in northwest Mexico, authorities said yesterday.
Christopher Elecnis Mandil, 26, a mariachi musician from Arizona, was getting out of his SUV with his girlfriend at the Tacos Sonora in Culiacan when a lone gunman strode up to the pair, the news Web site Milenio.com reported.
The gunman pulled a 9mm weapon and pumped two bullets into Mandil as his girlfriend watched in horror, authorities said. The shooter fled on foot. Authorities said they didn't know a motive for the attack. The US Embassy declined to comment.
Wikileaks Reveals at least 10 DEA officers and 51 FBI contacts have murdered.
Another cable, dating from early 2009, well before cartel gunmen began targeting U.S. government employees, analyzed how long U.S. officials would remain safe, noting that gunmen "have shown little reticence about going after some of our most reliable partners in Mexican law enforcement agencies."
"Ten close DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) law enforcement liaison officers have been killed since 2007, seven of whom were members of Special Vetted Units. Similarly, within the past two years 51 close FBI contacts have been murdered," the cable said.
A little more than a year later, on March 13, gunmen in Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso, Texas, executed an American who worked at the U.S. consulate and her American husband, as well as a Mexican employee of the consulate, as they left a children's party in separate vehicles. Whether the victims were targeted as U.S. diplomats remains unclear.
Sources: Milenio, El Universal, NY Post Wire Services, Tim Johnson for Mclatchy Newspapers