Mexico Arrests Three Men Over Torture and Murder of California Teens

Three men have been arrested in Mexico in connection with the torture and murder of three teenagers at an apartment in Tijuana. Two of the victims had come from San Diego, California, to visit family.

Alejandro N., nicknamed "El Orejas," Fabricio N. and Esteban Manuel N. were all named by the Baja California Attorney General's Office as suspects in the murder case and arrested, reported NBC Los Angeles.

They are suspected of murdering Christopher Alex Gomez, 17, Juan Suarez Ojeda, 18, and Angel Said Robles Ibbara, 17, in November 2018. No suspected motive has been revealed by police. Prosecutors will now move forward with the homicide case.

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The three men were alleged to have unexpectedly entered an apartment of the teenagers and their friends before torturing them for two hours and eventually shooting each in the head, execution-style.

The teenagers' bodies were found on November 25, 2018, in front of the apartment in the Lomas Verdes area of central Tijuana, stripped down to their underwear and showing signs of physical assault.

Gomez and Ojeda were students at high schools in California and had crossed back to Mexico to visit family. The pair were supposed to go to a barbecue in Ensenada before heading home to the U.S.

They attended O'Farrell Charter Schools in San Diego; Ojeda had graduated that year, and Gomez was a senior. They played sports for the school, and both have siblings and relatives still in attendance.

"It's been pretty devastating for students and staff," Superintendent Jonathan Dean told The San Diego Union-Tribune back in November. "It's a tough situation."

Dean described Gomez as a "really nice, good kid," while Suarez Odeja had gotten his schooling back on track with the help of his mother after a difficult period.

O'Farrell Charter Schools set up a GoFundMe donations page to help the boys' families pay for the funerals. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and everyone who has been affected by this senseless act," the page read.

At the time of publication, the GoFundMe had exceeded its $15,000 target, hitting over $18,000.

Katheryn Garcia, Gomez's cousin, told the Union-Tribune he was "so hardworking, always helping his parents out. Nobody had a bad thing to say about him; he was just so goofy, happy and always smiling."

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The three suspects arrested over the torture and murder of three teenagers in Tijuana, Mexico. Baja California Attorney General's Office
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