Chicago area native killed while on vacation in Mexico

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2018

The last post Mirutenko made on Instagram was on July 1- two photos from her wedding day, including a black and white of her and her husband kissing with the caption: "year 1", with a simple heart emoji to punctuate the post. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is providing assistance to Mirutenko's family, the official said. The US Bureau of Consular Affairs has confirmed her death.

"We extend our honest condolences to friends and family members of the deceased", the Bureau of Consular Affairs said in a statement.

"We're grieving right now for her and James and his family and our family", Mirutenko said.

Tatiana Mirutenko, 27, was walking out of El Califa, a taco restaurant in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood, at 5.50am on Monday when she was shot by one of two men on a motorcycle who opened fire from the road in an attempt to kill a bouncer.

The shooting has devastated Mirutenko's family and friends.

Wasyl Mirutenko says they were selecting flowers for a wedding a year ago, adding "today we were looking at flowers for the funeral". "She was telling me how wonderful, how safe it was", said her mom, Natalie Mirutenko. "I'd give my life if she could just come back", she told KGO-TV.

"She always went out of her way to make me feel special", Roma said. Now, travel advisories range from Level 1 ("exercise normal precautions") to Level 4 ("do not travel").

Since March, the State Department has told U.S. citizens not to travel to four Mexican states because of the high levels of violent crime found in each.

Mexico City is the capital of the State of Mexico. State Department issued a travel ban to five Mexican states, the same warning issued to war-torn countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. Later, undetonated explosives were discovered on another ferry that, like the first one, shuttled tourists between Playa del Carmen and nearby Cozumel island.

Tatiana worked as a senior investor relations analyst at Nektar Therapeutics and also played Division I volleyball at Clemson University.

When it comes to the untimely death of Tatiana Mirutenko, there is understandable grief from the father longing for his daughter.

"She was always willing to help on any project across the company and had an incredibly strong work ethic", Ms Ruddock said.

"Many throughout Nektar, and outside the company, valued her positive energy, insight and sheer enthusiasm for life", the company said in a statement.

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