Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

American woman celebrating wedding anniversary killed by stray bullet in Mexico

American woman celebrating wedding anniversary killed by stray bullet in Mexico

"She would give 200 percent".

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

Mirutenko said his family is thankful for the Mexican authorities who are investigating his daughter's death, the parishioners at a nearby church who prayed for her the morning after she was killed, and everyone who helped bring Tatiana's remains home to the Chicago area for her services this weekend.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City confirmed the death.

"We've traveled to Mexico all of our lives", Mirutenko's father, Wasyl, said.

"We extend our honest condolences to friends and family members of the deceased", the Bureau of Consular Affairs said in a statement. Although she was vacationing in a nation being strafed by violence and murders, with more than 29,000 people killed in 2017, the capital of Mexico City is statistically safer than her hometown of Chicago. It was heartbreaking to all of us in the Sports Performance family. "I'd give my life if she could just come back", said Natalie Mirutenko.

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The State Department is advising tourists to reconsider travel to Mexico State, where Mexico City is (shown in orange, center). The alert urges travelers "exercise increased caution due to crime". Mexico state surrounds Mexico City to the east, west and north. State Department issued a travel ban to five Mexican states, the same warning issued to war-torn countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.

The advisory for Playa del Carmen came about two weeks after an explosion on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen injured 26 people, including at least five USA citizens.

The Playa del Carmen advisory was removed about two weeks later.

Mirutenko played Division I volleyball at Clemson University and later worked as a senior investor relations analyst at Nektar Therapeutics in San Francisco's Mission Bay district.

"It is with very heavy hearts that we received the devastating news about our Nektar team member and colleague Tatiana Mirutenko", Nektar vice president Jennifer 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. "She will be incredibly missed by all of us at Nektar Therapeutics", Ruddock said.

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