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Three Killed in Tijuana Restaurant

January 16, 2000

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Gunmen attacking a restaurant in the northern border city of Tijuana killed three people, the government news agency reported Saturday.

The four assailants jumped from a pick-up truck parked outside the seafood restaurant La Palapa on Friday night and began shooting, Notimex reported, citing witnesses. The gunmen then fled.

The truck was later found abandoned.

Two of the victims were identified as brothers Lorenzo and Juan Diego Favela Montoya. The third man’s identity was unknown.

Investigators offered no motive for the slaying. Violence in Tijuana, just south of San Diego, has grown in recent years due to heavy drug trafficking.

The assault comes three days after a Canadian man died from gunshot wounds suffered in an apparent drug-related attack in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan.

Chris Vermeeren, a 30-year-old tourist from Vancouver, had been shot on Dec. 29 while he was seated with his brother at an outdoor restaurant. The gunmen apparently had targeted a police officer seated nearby.