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San Diego teen found shot to death in Tijuana

September 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
San Diego teen found shot to death in Tijuana

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San Diego teen found dead, shot seven times in Tijuana

Mexican and U.S. officials say the body of a San Diego teen has been discovered shot to death after a night out with friends at a nightclub in Tijuana.

A spokeswoman for the Baja California Attorney General’s Office said the body of 18-year-old Imperial Beach resident Desteny Memory Hernandez was found fatally shot seven times in the face and upper body last Thursday along Tijuana’s Vía Rapida, a busy highway.

Officials notified family members earlier this week, and next of kin identified Hernandez’s remains on Tuesday.

Her brother Francisco Hernandez said the Mar Vista High School student had been partying with friends at a local Tijuana hot spot in Zona Rio on the night of September 7th, which is the last time he heard from his sister.

Law enforcement officials have not released any information on the murder of the San Diego teen.

Messages exchanged between her and a girlfriend on WhatsApp indicate that Destiny Hernandez left with some ‘handsome guys’ she had met earlier in the night at a club and was headed to one of their houses located in the El Florido neighborhood of Tijuana, according to La Frontera newspaper.

Her brother described his sister as a fun-loving, sweet and outgoing 18-year-old senior who loved being with her family and friends.

He told NBC4 San Diego, after failing to hear from Hernandez, who always stayed in touch, family members immediately traveled across the border with hopes of locating Destiny, handing out fliers, and raising social media awareness.

The Attorney General said the Tijuana Medical Examiner received the body of Hernandez on Thursday, September 8th, the day after her body was discovered.

The chief medical examiner said autopsy results determined the cause of death to be seven gunshot wounds inflicted to the head, abdomen, and thorax. However, the victim’s body showed no signs of sexual assault.

United States officials have offered the family assistance in the wake of Hernandez’s death.

“We’re aware of the case, and offer our sincere condolences to the family. We’re providing all appropriate assistance and services,” officials from the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana said in a released statement.

The state Attorney General’s Office said homicide detectives are investigating the shooting. However, the family of Hernandez does not feel comfortable speaking with Tijuana police investigators about the killing.

So far police have not made any arrests or identified any suspects in Hernandez’s death.

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