TikTok Horror As Woman Accidentally Shot Dead By Friends Recording Fake Kidnapping Video

Police are investigating after a woman was shot dead by her friends while recording a fake kidnapping video on TikTok.

Areline Martinez is blindfolded alongside another man in the clip which appears to show them being held at gunpoint with their hands tied.

Local media report that while filming in Chihuahua, Mexico, on October 2, Martinez is accidentally shot dead when one of the guns goes off.

In the clip, Martinez can be seen sitting next to a young man who was also playing the role of a hostage when a second man playfully appeared to attack the pair. A third man can then be seen waving what appears to be an automatic weapon in the air.

The video then shows another man forcing the male hostage onto his knees while the gun is pointed at the back of his head. Martinez was shot dead shortly after this with a handgun.

It is unclear why the gun was loaded or why the friends were making a fake kidnapping video.

Chihuahua state attorney general Cesar Augusto Peniche Espejel said an investigation had been launched to determine exactly what had happened.

Speaking to local media, he said: "One of the hypotheses we are looking at is that they [the youths] were tampering with a firearm thinking that it was not loaded and accidentally shot the woman.

"If someone has a criminal responsibility, they will have to answer. There are several facts to investigate: the unfortunate death of the young woman and the origin of that weapon and how it came to their hands.'

According to reports, 20-year-old Martinez, who had a one-year-old child, was found dead at 10 p.m. on Friday. She was on the ground, still tied up, and her friends had fled.

It is understood that while her friends ran off, one of the 10 people present called police and told them what had happened.

The Mexican News Daily reported that Martínez had previously filmed several similar videos feigning a kidnapping, which she had posted to social media.

The news outlet said two men present at the scene fled in a Jeep Cherokee immediately after the shooting and although they have been identified, their whereabouts are still unknown.

Taking to social media on the day of her death, she wrote: "Time does not stop and neither do I."

The investigation is continuing and a funeral for Martinez was held on Monday.

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File photo of police tape. Police are investigating after 20-year-old Areline Martinez was shot dead while filming a TikTok video. Getty