A TRAVEL influencer has been killed in the crossfire between two rival Mexican drug cartels.
Anjali Ryot, 25, died when a gang allied to the Gulf Cartel fought it out with rivals who are part of the notoriously brutal Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
According to Anjali’s Instagram she was a blogger originally from blogger from Himachal, India, but now living in San Jose, California.
She boasted 40,400 followers on Instagram where she posted pictures of herself in Tulum just two days before her death.
The shooting took place inside the 'La Malquerida' bar in the municipality of Tulum, where tourist hotspots Playa del Carmen and Cancun are located.
The horror unfolded in the flashier bar and restaurant zone known as Quinta Avenida and another foreign tourist was also killed.
Three other foreign tourists were wounded in the shooting at a street-side eatery that has some outdoor tables, right off Tulum’s main strip.
The gunfight apparently broke out between two groups that operate street-level drug sales in the area, according to prosecutors.
Local media outlet Excelsior reported that she had been in Tulum since the preceding Monday.
She posted a photo of herself standing next to the outdoor pool at the Cielo Maya hotel on Instagram.
The last post she made was a slow-motion video of herself walking over to and sitting down on a waterside hammock, which she captioned: "Vibing with the ocean".
According to Excelsior, the attack took place when the man being pursued by the killers on motorbikes ran into the bar to try to hide from them.
Last week hand-lettered signs that appeared at a local market in Tulum, signed by a drug gang known as Los Pelones, roughly the Shaved Heads.
The sign said the shooting was a warning “so you can see we mean business”.
It warned businesses to get in line or we are going to continue shutting places down like the Mini Quinta, an apparent warning to pay extortion demands for protection money.
“We are in control here,” the sign added.
'WE MEAN BUSINESS'
The gang has long extorted protection money from bars and night clubs in Cancun but has now apparently extended operations further south to Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
The gang is also fighting the Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) for the area's lucrative drug market.
CJNG is a £13 billion drug empire led by Nemesio 'El Mencho' Oseguera Cervantes.
The ruthless gang is now considered to be the Mexico’s most powerful – with its tendrils stretching across the continent to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile.
Its rise has been accompanied by appalling violence including ripping out victims' hearts, dissolving their bodies in barrels of acid, and even targeting pregnant women.
The beheaded corpses of their rivals have been hanged off bridges as a warning to others.
Among its ranks are glamourous women killers such as La Catrina, whose real name was Maria Guadalupe Lopez Esquivel.
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