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Tulum taxi driver killed inside Puerto Aventuras home in ongoing dispute

Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — A taxi driver from the Tiburones del Caribe union in Tulum has been killed in his Puerto Aventuras home from what is believed to be part of an ongoing rivalry between Puerto Aventuras mototaxi drivers and Tulum auto taxi drivers.

The shooting death of 38-year-old Gumersindo Girón López took place inside his home late Tuesday. Family members from inside the home reported the shooting to emergency 911 personnel at 9:30 p.m. Police and an ambulance responded to the call, however, the three alleged shooters had made their escape and the victim had already died from being shot in the back.

The victim’s nephew, 22-year-old Ángel Gómez Méndez, who was in the home at the time of the drive-by shooting, received minor injuries. He was treated on-site by paramedics.

Girón López was originally from Chiapas. He lived in the Puerto Maya subdivision. A threatening handwritten message was left behind at the scene of the victim’s home.

On Sunday, three Tulum taxis parked in residential areas of Puerto Aventuras were set on fire and burned, allegedly with Molotov cocktails. Handwritten messages were also left on those occasions with warnings, giving taxi drivers 48 hours to leave Puerto Aventuras.