The body of a naturalized Canadian citizen of Iraqi origin, the victim of an organized crime style execution, was found in the Country Alamo area of Culiacan, Sinaloa, late Sunday night.
According to investigators the victim, identified as Salid Abdulaziz Sahbaz, had been shot multiple times in the head by what appeared to be a .45 caliber firearm. At least 8 empty shells of that caliber were recovered at the scene.
Robbery was not thought to be the motive as a passport and money was found on the body. According to the El Noroeste newspaper a Canadian government ID card was also found on the body.
Gerardo Vargas Landeros, a Sinaloa state government official, stated that the initial investigation found evidence that Sahbaz was was not a vacationer but was somehow involved in illegal activities. Vargas did not specify what those activities were.