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MX News Update 2024

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Australian police join investigation into murder of surfing brothers

Australian Federal Police are working with Mexican authorities to bring justice for two murdered brothers who died during a surfing trip.

Originally from Perth, Callum Robinson, 33, and his brother Jake, 30, were traveling with their American boyfriend Carter Rhoad, 30, in the Mexican state of Baja California when they failed to check into their accommodation.

A few days later, police arrived at their last known whereabouts and found a campsite covered in blood.

The three bodies were discovered in a well, with gunshot wounds to the head.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong said the Australian Embassy in Mexico would continue to work with federal police and local authorities.

“I am heartbroken for Jake and Callum’s parents and thinking of them at this incredibly difficult time,” she told AAP.

The parents of the slain Australians, Debra and Martin Robinson, said the world had become a darker place since then and were preparing to take their sons’ bodies home.

Mexican prosecutors have identified three suspects – two were caught with methamphetamine and one had one of the victim’s phones – but it is believed more people may be involved.

One of the three was charged this weekend with forced disappearance, which is equivalent to kidnapping.

The man, Jesus Gerardo, has a criminal record for drug trafficking, car theft and domestic violence.

The AFP is present in Mexico and maintains contacts with local authorities.