Tragic End to Surfing Vacation: US and Australian Surfers Likely Executed in Mexico

A group of American and Australian surfers met a tragic fate during what was meant to be a relaxing surfing vacation in Mexico. Jack Carter Rhoad, aged 30, along with brothers Callum, 33, and Jake Robinson, 30, were found dead nearly a week after they disappeared in the Baja California providence. It’s believed they were killed when they resisted a trio of carjackers who demanded their vehicle.

The bodies were discovered alongside their burnt white pick-up truck near La Bocana, a popular surf spot. Authorities speculate that the carjackers, armed with a firearm, shot the victims when they resisted the robbery. Disturbingly, the carjackers didn’t take the vehicle, but instead set it on fire at the campsite.

Although the police haven’t confirmed the cause of death, shell casings were found at the campsite. Additionally, three male bodies were found at the bottom of a well on a nearby ranch, suggesting a brutal execution. While Mexican officials haven’t officially confirmed the victims’ identities, there is a high probability that they are Rhoad and the Robinson brothers.

Jesús Gerardo Garcia Cota, alias El Kekas, along with his partner Ari Gisel García Cota and Jesus’ brother Cristian Alejandro Garcia, were arrested in connection to the disappearance of the surfers.

However, they haven’t been charged with murder. During their arrest, they were found in possession of methamphetamine and other illegal narcotics. Ari Gisel Garcia Cota was carrying one of the surfer’s phones when arrested.

The surfers were last seen on April 27 enjoying the coastal climate, but they were only reported missing several days later when they failed to arrive at their rented Airbnb further south. Callum Robinson had shared social media posts of their vacation, showcasing their activities along the Pacific Coast.

Callum Robinson, a graduate of Stevenson University in Baltimore and a star lacrosse player, was among the victims. The university mourned his death, highlighting the violence that plagues regions like Baja California, despite Ensenada being considered a safer tourist area.

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