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Alleged killer of Australian and American surfers in Mexico to be prosecuted

TIJUANA – A Mexican court on May 8 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 on May 3.

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.

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.

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

On May 7, the forensic service delivered the victims’ bodies to a funeral home in Baja California, which will transfer them to the United States, where their 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.”