British Man Killed in Playa del Carmen, Daughter Wounded

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A British real estate agent was shot dead in the presence of his 14-year-old daughter in the Mexican tourist beach town Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, on the morning of Saturday, March 12.

Chris Cleave, 54, a longtime Mexico resident, was attacked by two assailants on a motorcycle who opened fire on him and his daughter while he was driving in his car.

The two men were later arrested after fleeing the scene.

Cleave, originally from Truro, Cornwall, had lived in Mexico for more than a decade.

The Caribbean state of Quintana Roo, which includes the resort destination of Cancun, has been the focus of increasing violence among drug cartels over the last few months as opposing gangs battle for control of the region.

There was no indication that Cleave was involved in drugs, but police are carrying out an investigation as to the reason for the targeted attack against him.

According to police reports, Cleave had been threatened earlier this month in an anonymous letter delivered to his address.

Cleave’s daughter was reportedly being treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.


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