Tatiana Mirutenko, who was in Mexico City with husband James to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, was shot dead in an upscale neighborhood.
The young couple from San Francisco were leaving a restaurant in Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico City, on July 7, 2018, reported ABC 7.
27-year-old Tatiana Mirutenko and her husband James who tied the knot a year back decided to take a trip to Mexico to mark the completion of the first year of their marriage.
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They wanted to enjoy their anniversary by visiting and dining in as many Michelin star restaurants as possible. They were accompanied by three other couples.
However, the couple never knew that the first anniversary they celebrate would be their last one unaware of the tragedy that was to follow.
Tatiana was the unfortunate victim of a freak mishap after a bullet hit her.
Recounting the events, James said that as they celebrated their first anniversary at El Califa, a taqueria in the high-end Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood with our friends, two gunmen on a motorcycle started firing randomly.
The gunmen were aiming at a bouncer at a nearby bar. It was one of those random bullets that hit Tatiana directly in her head.
According to the local police, the suspects intended to fire at a bouncer nearby. Her friends immediately rushed her to the hospital where even the bouncer had been admitted.
The victim’s mother, Natalie Mirutenko, told that her daughter had informed them that Mexico was a wonderful and safe city.
Her father, Wasyl Mirutenko, upset at the turn of the events, recalled that they were selecting flowers for her wedding a year ago, but now they were looking at flowers for the funeral.
Employees at Nektar Therapeutics, where Tatiana worked as a senior investor relations analyst, described her as a “bright” and “passionate” individual with “an incredibly strong work ethic.” She had also left her mark at Clemson University, where she played Division 1 volleyball.
Tatiana’s body was flown into Chicago on July 10, where she would be buried on July 14.