San Francisco woman killed by stray bullet in Mexico City

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An American woman has been fatally shot in Mexico City while on holiday with her husband to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

The intended target was another patron at the taqueria, a 46-year-old bouncer who worked at a bar in another Mexico City neighborhood, the Mexico City prosecutor's office said.

Police in Mexico are investigating the murder of an American tourist hit by a stray bullet in Mexico City.

Tatiana Mirutenko, 27, was leaving a restaurant with her husband and their friends on Saturday when a gunman on a motorcycle fired shots at a bouncer at a nearby bar, according to Mexico City authorities. Memories her family is holding onto dearly with a message for everyone: "When you get home tonight, give your loved ones a hug, kiss, and tell them how much you love them".

Friends and family are now mourning the sudden loss of Ms Mirutenko, who will be flown back to the USA for a burial in Chicago.

"We extend our honest condolences to friends and family members of the deceased", department spokesman Noel Clay said in an email. "Today we were looking at flowers for the funeral", her father Wasyl Mirutenko told the station.

Mirutenko, her husband, and two friends were either eating at a restaurant or on their way out when the shooting occurred.

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"She always went out of her way to make me feel special", Roma said.

Mirutenko moved to San Francisco for her job with Nektar Therapeutics, according to her family. "As a mother, we always say things, but she inspired me to be better".

'I'd give my life if she could just come back, ' her mother Natalie added. San Francisco's Nektar Therapeutics, where Mirutenko reportedly worked, released a statement that said "Tatiana was a bright and passionate rising star".

They described her "incredible work ethic" and passion for her job as news of her death emerged on Monday.

Ms Mirutenko's death was confirmed by the US State Department. "Many throughout Nektar, and outside the company, valued her positive energy, insight and sheer enthusiasm for life".

The young woman's body is being flown back to Chicago on Wednesday for a burial Saturday in west suburban Bloomingdale. The government also warns tourists to "exercise increased caution" when visiting Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Mexico City.

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