Spanish chef murdered in Tijuana

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Spanish chef murdered in Tijuana

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by JOSÉ PABLO CRIALES

The Spanish chef Felipe Díaz Zamora, 43, was found dead last Sunday in the Mexican city of Tijuana , where he lived with his family for nine years. Díaz, dedicated to the organization of private banquets in the border city with the United States, was killed by three shots fired in the skull and spine, as reported by the Special Prosecutor's Office for Crimes against Life of the State of Baja California . The causes of the murder have not been clarified, but the public body presumes that it could be a crime with personal motivations because the shots were premeditated and made in the back.

"We have a low probability that it is an assault, it can be something personal," said Tijuanense prosecutor Enrique Sánchez Serrano, who has ruled out that the motive of the crime has something to do with the profession or nationality of the Spanish chef . The inspector has also specified that the body was found during the afternoon of last Sunday and that an expert report will be made on security videos that were obtained near the scene.

The body was found on a dirt road in a private urbanization in the Colinas del Sol neighborhood, southwest of Tijuana. According to the prosecution, it was hidden between a mesh fence and a van with license plates from the State of California (USA). The investigation, which began on Wednesday, still does not record background or more information.

Díaz Zamora, born in the city of Cartagena, in Murcia, and popular in Tijuana for owning a tapas and paella restaurant, lived in Mexico with his wife and four minor children. In Tijuana, according to his relatives told EL PAÍS, he started with a restaurant with Spanish cuisine that soon became a badge of the city when he was awarded the title of " the best paella of the two Californias ". Philanthropist and animator, Díaz Zamora was also an amateur flamenco singer and dancer, and prepared shows for his guests. He also participated in the preparation of a paella for 3,000  Central American migrants who arrived by caravan in northern Mexico during 2018.

From the Facebook page of Vámonos de Tapas, the restaurant that ran in Tijuana, they lamented the murder of "a  great friend, companion and especially a good husband and dad ", who "always struggled to move on and never left anything halfway ".

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https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/01/08/mexico/1578514175_771832.html
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Very true, Patole. A loss for the gourmet community of the world.