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Alleged murderer of Australian and American surfers is being prosecuted

TIJUANA, May 9 — A Mexican court yesterday ordered the alleged killer of two Australians and an American who died during a surfing trip to be prosecuted as grieving relatives waited for their bodies to be repatriated.

It followed a hearing for Jesus Gerardo “N” – aka “El Kekas” – in Ensenada, Baja California, where the bodies of brothers Callum and Jake Robinson, and their friend Jack Carter Rhoad, were found last Friday.

The suspect will be prosecuted for the crime of “disappearance committed by private individuals,” and murder charges are expected to be filed later, the prosecutor’s office said.

The trio were camping in a remote beach area when they were killed while attempting to steal their pickup truck, investigators believe.

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Their bodies were found in a shaft at the top of a cliff, with gunshot wounds to the head.

The prosecutor has said it is gathering evidence to charge two other suspects, who remain in custody for alleged possession of methamphetamine.

Located just south of California, Baja California is popular with American tourists thanks to its inviting beaches.

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It is also one of the most violent states in Mexico due to organized crime gangs, although tourists are not usually targeted.

On Tuesday, forensics delivered the victims’ bodies to a funeral home in Baja California, which will transfer them to the United States where families await them.

The parents of the two Australian brothers urged well-wishers to use their memories as inspiration to “live bigger, shine brighter and love harder.”

From California, Debra and Martin Robinson said that “the world has become a darker place since the deaths.”

Martin thanked friends and family in Australia and the United States who have provided “overwhelming support” since the men went missing.

With the ocean at their backs, mom Debra struggled to read through prepared remarks.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Callum and Jake have been murdered,” she began, her voice ringing with emotion. “Our hearts are broken and the world has become a darker place for us.”

She described Callum, 33, as a “sweet, larger-than-life character” who played professional lacrosse in the United States, where he became known as “the big koala.”

Jake, aged 30, was described as a ‘happy, gentle and compassionate soul, who was pursuing a career in medicine’ and had a great love of surfing and cricket.

“They were young men enjoying their passion together: surfing,” Debra said. “Now it’s time to take them home to family and friends and to the waves of the ocean in Australia.” —AFP