Bradley: loved to surf. Bradley: loved to surf.

Ixtapa murder victim was California tourist

Douglas Bradley was finance director for the city of Imperial Beach

A United States citizen killed Thursday morning in Ixtapa, Guerrero, has been identified as a tourist who was visiting from Imperial Beach, California.

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Douglas Bradley, 49, was on a Christmas vacation when he was shot and killed at about 4:00am in the city’s hotel zone.

Bradley was the finance director at the city of Imperial Beach and a popular person, according to the city’s mayor.

“Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him,” Serge Dedina said in a statement. “He was always positive, loved to surf, and had helped to turn around the city of Imperial Beach’s financial management as well as restructure city administration to make it more efficient and resident friendly.”

Witnesses were quoted yesterday saying Bradley (who was identified in earlier reports as Bradley Douglas) was being chased by armed gunmen before he was killed. His body remained in a parking lot for four hours before police arrived at the scene, reported the newspaper El Sur.

Just a few hours earlier, a gunman killed the mayor of Petatlán, located less than an hour south of Ixtapa.

Violence in the region is fueled by territorial fights by criminal gangs engaged in drug trafficking, kidnapping and extortion.

Two cases of the latter surfaced last week when an entertainment promoter canceled appearances by comedians at the hotel Krystal Ixtapa. One of the comedians said gangsters had demanded 50,000 pesos (about US $2,500) to allow the acts to proceed.

Source: NBC San Diego (en)

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  • zihuarob

    The entertainers canceled because they were allegedly extorted by local authorities.

  • Mason

    Fail State. Enter at Own Risk.

    • michael grosser

      Insult to “failed states” everywhere. I say don’t enter. Gawd I want out of here so bad after 15 yrs…I’m working on it. Wish me luck,foax

      • alt mexican

        I was raised in the usa and spent the last 15 years in Mexico. I wouldn’t move back to the states for anything. You apparently don’t know what the USA is like anymore. You can be accused of shit by an ex-wife or female co-worker and end up in jail with ZERO evidence. And unlike in Mexico, you can’t just slip a few thousand peso to the cops to leave you alone. You get hooked and booked and lose everything. You get tried in the public space and you will never work again.

        My Mexican wife beats the shit out of being married to a stuck up feminist liberal bitch in the US. I don’t do drugs (anymore), another thing Mexico cured me of. I have no troubles here. I am not out wandering around at 4am and I finally have money saved, something that never happened in the USA where you are drained like a bled pig.

        • michael grosser

          Hey, I hear you Man. I sure as hell will not move back to the states either. That does not change what is going on here. You can slip a cupla mil pesos to the cops but it won’t bring you back to life.
          I agree with you on the Mexican woman part…so much better than the American Princesses. That is much of what has kept me here so long. All the best to you and your esposa. Feliz Ano Nuevo!!

    • Stay in the US where gun violence is unheard of.

      • michael grosser

        clever remark

      • Mason

        The problem with gringos like you is you live in a protected bubble and never see the real Mexico.

        • MASON – You don’t know me – I have lived and worked in Mexico for 32 years, raised 4 children in Mexico, all university graduates. I came to Mexico in 1985 to work for a US manufacturer. I worked for years in the Maquiladora industry and then became a private consultant, studied law for 5 years in the Universidad Iberoamericana, then 2 more years for a masters in Environmental Law – I am a licensed Mexican attorney. I help foreign companies set up corporations, apply for permits, programs and defend them when they have legal problems. I am located in Baja Calif. but travel all over Mexico. I perform health, safety, environmental and human resources audits for manufacturers all over the country. I deal with State governments and the Federal government on a daily basis and am active in maquiladora associations and the local Bar Association. I have federal certification as an Instructor by the SEP and STPS. I am also a Mexican citizen by naturalization and I vote in every election. (yes, I am voting for AMLO in 2018). I have never paid a bribe and in my law firm, I counsel all my clients to never pay bribes and to report it when they are approached. I have successfully sued the Mexican government several times on behalf of clients. So based on the above experience, I would say that I certainly do not “live in a protected bubble and never see the real Mexico.” My opinions expressed here are based on my experience and education in Mexico.

          • Chilam Balam

            god. daaamn!!
            I heard that mic-drop all the way over to Sonora.

            Extra Kuddos for voting AMLO 2018 btw.

          • I have been busy assimilating and contributing for the last 30 years.

          • Chilam Balam

            Sounds like it. Your story sound particularly interesting, dealing with mexican state bureaucrats to apply for permits sounds like a nightmare but also something that let’s you get a real taste of how things work in here, and you gotta accept, the we got a real problem with corruption here.

            Now for my part, I’m a 32yo Software Developer Engineer, culturally raised by the internet and politically cultivated by american libertarian ideals (watched too much stephen colbert).

            What I’m trying to get to is this. I can see (at a distance) america’s problems and they are getting really worrisome lately, but Mexico is in a really precarious state and in a much more vulnerable starting point. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a failed state (have done some solid choices at the macro level for example) but …. it’s a valid message for some segments of the population, wouldn’t you agree?

          • Lee Cadaver

            awesome, Glenn…I thought my USA guy in Mexico resume was impressive, but not next to yours, órale, felicidades

          • Mason

            Yes Mr Lawyer, like I said you live in the 1% of protected Mexico. The people you deal with are paid to be nice to you, The places that you go have hired security so the peasants do not pillage you and rape your family.

            The reality is if you ever break down in a common lower class barrio you will be pillaged and and probably die, the wrong servant tells his uncle too many details your family gets kidnapped, ???? so many things can go wrong in your current comfort bubble.

            The gringo in the article used to think just like you I bet. I am sure up to the night before he would argue how “safe” Mexico was.

          • You should take one of my seminars for foreigners doing business in Mexico, you might learn something.

  • Pesobill

    Mexico’s crime is bad enough and getting worse but he should have known better as a gringo being out at that time ,really bad idea !!!!

  • cooncats

    Same question as for the other story: Why was this guy out of his hotel on the streets at 4AM? Anyone who knows Mexico and/or lives here knows you just don’t do that here or for that matter in a whole lotta places up north. Stay away from the dope, stay out of the sleazy bars, don’t drive after dark and sure as hell don’t be out on the streets at 4AM.

    • DreadFool

      this moral of the story is coming from a curfew expat expert.

    • Dead Dog

      Just stay out of mexico altogether.

      • cooncats

        Just don’t be naive and engage in obviously risky behavior when you come to Mexico. Enjoy the fantastic beaches and historic towns, great food, great weather and mostly very nice people. Leave your drugging habits up north.

      • Dorothee Maier

        Mexico is no more dangerous than the USA.

        • michael grosser

          get a grip..how often are murdered, tortured mutilated corpses left dangling off bridges?
          How many dead mayors, reporters, priest. Sure no place is save but the police and courts and prison system in the US at least makes a “Little” bit of sense. the BS that goes on here in Mexico beyond any civilized standards…and the most important point is that is getting worse and worse and worse……..

          • PanchoMcCain

            Why do you put yourself in that position? Get out of there ASAP! and come back to the civilized world.

          • michael grosser

            Sir, I have been here for 15 yrs, I have a ton of crap and cheap rent. My pension will not go far in the states especially in Ca (Humboldt Co) where I last lived and it has changed so much. Returning to the states also is a moral defeat to me. I love America I am a veteran and I can’t stand to see the changes that have gone down. 20 yrs ago I began vactioning here, 15 yrs ago I moved full time and things were very different it was pretty sweet. Worry
            not, I am working on liquidating stuff (just stuff but gud stuff…you wouldn’t believe all the
            crap I have here, boat, motor home, dunebuggy, dirt bike about 10 musical instrument (a couple goodies, 4×4, yukon, minivan) geez it goes on and on…until recently I had Mexican
            girlfriend and there is no way for a normal Mex to get a visa and blah blah….well you axed
            me. Feliz Ano Nuevo,, Bro. The best to you and yours. (hey got any ideas? I wud luv to hear
            them)

          • Garry Montgomery

            Hell of a pension!

          • cooncats

            There is no civilized world left, really. Some places are better than others but the entirety is sliding down the slippery slopes of social decay and increasing crime.

          • michael grosser

            NEW ZEALAND! JAPAN (But who wants to live there?)

          • Garry Montgomery

            Really? So you really do know nothing . . .

          • CeeCee Centro

            How often are schools, movie theaters, concerts, etc., subject to mass shootings in Mexico?? That makes no sense ANYWHERE!!

          • michael grosser

            These are atrocities committed by lone nut jobs…what we have here in Mexico is gangs. Groups of multiple geeks committing atrocities on a daily basis. Gangs. Gangs. If one get apprehended or killed or kills himself, he is gone. You kill or (temporarily) incarcerate one gang banger or drug lord there are dozens more to carry on. You really don’t get it do you?
            The so-called “justice system ” is a total farce. Really Bro, there is a BIG BIG difference!

          • CeeCee Centro

            What’s the difference? They are random acts of violence in the US and could happen t anyone. In Mexico, it is directed almost 100% at those involved in drug-dealing.

          • michael grosser

            I just explained to you what the diffence is. A cluster phuck of nut jobs is a lot worse than a lone wolf. There is strength in numbers. Gangbanging is their occupation. That is how they survive. A lone nutjob will do his damage get killed or kill himself. The gangbangers go on and on and recruit new members and etc. They are a cancer that infects children and destroys communities and robs Mexico of it future (and yes gangs exist in US..guess where half come from?)

          • CeeCee Centro

            I just explained to you why dedicated violence is less dangerous than random “lone wolves”. Narcos might be killing each other left and right but collateral damage is minimal. Not so much with “lone wolves”.

          • michael grosser

            OK I give up! Jesus. I guess it’s me. Screw you guys. I am wasting my breath here. Let it not be said I did not try.

          • Garry Montgomery

            You are very trying. Try holding your breath. Start with 5 minutes . . .

          • michael grosser

            Come on. I don’t want to fight with you. I am only trying to express my opinion..please have a little respect

          • Garry Montgomery

            Michael, it seems our posts are crossing. As a fellow Vet I do respect you but some of your posts are contradictory and don’t make sense to me. But that’s just me. All this is, is a “comment” board and if your comments don’t make sense to me, then my responses obviously won’t make sense to you. I can see we agree on more than we disagree and that’s the more important fact.

          • LA Native

            not sure why so many here are bashing you. Until you live there, you honestly have no idea. I didnt go out at night except to a very local restaurant sometimes. I lived legally there and within the law but I saw some nasty stuff and I absolutely love southern Baja. Always have. I miss it and have many friends there but know I cannot go back. Some of the worst people there were expats who couldnt conform to US/Canadian law and wanted to live someplace relatively lawless. They lived there illegally, leaving every 180 days so they didnt have to deal with getting an FM3 at Mexican immigration. Felons, tax cheats, the whole 9 yards. Really soured my experience and my love of Mexico and I truly feel for my many Mexican law abiding friends. They are the ones who suffer.
            One of the turning points for me was getting stopped at a pop up checkpoint with unmarked cars at 6am while going into La Paz for an early morning blood test after fasting. Scared the crap out of me. Turned out to be DEA looking for some drug lord but I didnt know that! At the time, I thought I was toast. I moved back and left California for good as it had become unaffordable.
            I have since moved to Florida and guess what? Its pretty corrupt too. But I dont worry as much and sometimes thats enough to make life a bit more pleasant. I dont worry about driving down the road and stopping at a military checkpoint and being hassled by young scared military men who treat everyone as if they are criminals. Thats just the reality there. You just cannot safely travel the roads anymore.
            Give Michael a break everyone. I know exactly where he is coming from. Getting beat up at the bus station in Mulege is something no one could ever imagine a few years ago. Truly shocking.

          • michael grosser

            I have no earthly idea WTF “dedicated violence” is I only know that a lone wolf is just one nut job (at least he is gone after being killed) gangs grow and grow and extend their influence .
            For example extortion of avocado growers, pipline robberys, kidnappings, even iron ore (of all things) you can kill a lone wolf and he is gone (yes there will others) but a gang just breeds and spreads like the cancer it is. And there is plenty of “collateral damage” when they shoot up a restaurant or take over a small village. I truly am trying to see your point
            but I guess I am just to stupid. Sorry about that. Feliz Ano Nuevo

          • Garry Montgomery

            Yes, for you it would be difficult to explain anything logical.

          • michael grosser

            Oh come on, please lighten up, can you not at least TRY to see and have some respect for my yrs of experience and my view polint?
            This aint no war between us. We are all in this together.

          • Garry Montgomery

            Well it seems Chicago’s ganbangers are well protected by a criminal mayor and O’Bama

          • Garry Montgomery

            And the U.S. has no gangs? no gang murders? Move to chicago

          • michael grosser

            Bro I have worked in the prison system for years, I know the effects that these gangs have and how their influence reverberates in and out of society. Of course US has gangs. I also know much about the origens .
            Don’t go dis’n me until you have walked a mile in my hauaches.

            I am not your enemy…please believe me, I am your fellow citizen even if you do not want to consider me your Brother. But I am your brother and we are all in this together. I am just very concerned about what I see going on. Would you please accept my apology..I am only trying to express to others what I have seen and experienced. I do not know why you are so pissed at me. What is is what is, I am not making any of this up.

          • BB

            Is it a matter of how it’s done, or is it numbers that show how danger? How about all the unarmed civilian shootings by cops in the US? Actually, since many of the killings done are by the cartel, I’d feel safer in Mexico, cause I’ve never dealt with drugs in manner and never will.

          • michael grosser

            Well Hell, that explains everything. thank you so much for straightening that out for me, now I get it. You da Man!

        • cooncats

          No Dorothee, I’m sorry but that is simply not true. Very little crime is even reported in this country because the cops are crooked and basically useless. People don’t bother because it is a waste of time. The good news is that one can really reduce one’s vulnerability by exercising common sense and understanding the environment here.

          • michael grosser

            OMG you are right for a change!

          • Garry Montgomery

            sarcastic arsehole

      • michael grosser

        You have Soooo got that right

        • PanchoMcCain

          Says somebody who lives in Mexico.

      • Rick Drake

        What an ignorant statement!

      • Patrick

        While you are staying out of Mexico, add Illinois, Michigan, New Orleans, much of California, New York, in fact. stay home.

      • Garry Montgomery

        dimwit

    • PanchoMcCain

      Exactly, making bad decisions increases your odds at becoming a victim of crime. Be thoughtful, do not be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and this applies whether your are in Washington D.C. Chicago, Paris, Rome, the wrong side of the tracks in many American cities, or a Mexican city known by most Mexicans as a hotbed of drug trafficking and crime.

      • Lee Cadaver

        Ixtapa is a “hotbed” of trafficking and crime?….sure, it is everywhere, but there are probably 500 places in Mexico more dangerous than Ixtapa

    • Robbi Denman

      It sounds like 4 am is when they found him – 4 hours after he had been dead. It was also said to be in the hotel zone in Ixtapa – a little different than wandering the streets of Zihua after midnight.

      • cooncats

        No, read the story. “Douglas Bradley, 49, was on a Christmas vacation when he was shot and killed at about 4:00am….”

    • Andy Tiegs

      Although I have been to Ixtapa, I am not familiar with the club scene there. However, in Cancun a lot of the clubs don’t even open till midnight, and it is totally normal for tourists to go out until 4 or 6 am. I have no idea what he was doing, but I am not sure that being out late means you deserve to be killed.

      • cooncats

        The point is this. Mexico has very little government provided security. Being in Mexico can be enjoyable and reasonably safe provided you understand you are the only real source of your personal security. That applies whether you live here as I do or you visit here. If you are out on the streets after dark and particularly hanging out in nightclubs that is risky behavior in this country. You may not even have anything to do with the shootout you get killed in, it just so happens one bunch of narcos decides to shoot up another bunch and you just happened to be there. These criminal rats run the streets at night and they hang out in these clubs.

        Come to Mexico, enjoy the history and visual richness of the cities, play on the fabulous beaches but, really, stay away from drugs, druggies, and the places they hang out, namely nightclubs. The truth is that what little security there was in this country is rapidly disappearing and the streets are NOT safe at night! Anywhere!!

        • Brian Wilkins

          You are spot on. In 23 years of wintering in Mexico we have never had any issues. As you stated, stay away from drugs, druggies and late night clubs, as you would in any party towns in the US or Canada and just enjoy the wonderful experiences of Mexico and the Mexican people..

          • michael grosser

            What I am so desperately try to get at is…Mexico has and is changing drastically. What was 23 or 10 yrs years ago ain’t wuts happenin now and it is getting worse.

      • Allan Kennedy

        Deserves got nothing to do with it, unfortunately.

      • cruz_ctrl

        “not sure that being out late means you deserve to be killed.”
        not sure?!? listen, cooncats is a complete arsehole who thinks he knows better than anyone. a sanctimonious, self-righteous, mug who has so much time on his hands he can post essays on how it used to be and how it is now and how to avoid trouble and blah, blah, blah…

        • BB

          It’s not a matter of “deserve to be killed” I don’t think anyone here is saying that. The issue is, at 4am you’re likely to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, just naturally.

    • Parque_Hundido

      No.

      This is literally the worst possible response to this awful killing.

    • Garry Montgomery

      maybe looking for a hit or a whore and backed out.

    • cruz_ctrl

      right, it was his fault, huh? don’t jump to conclusions. it says he was lying 4 hrs in a parking lot before cops showed up so who knows what time he was shot or what lead up the shooting. maybe he was kidnapped by them earlier and managed to make a run for it… who knows? (besides the shadow)

  • Jeff Swanson

    OK so the proof is in the pudding, or in this case Guacamole, guy looks like a sex crazed, drug addicted sex tourist guy out looking for trouble don’t he? Sure does to you all!
    I lived in Mexico, I lived it! Let me tell ya, tourist bars/clubs/discos IN MEXICO don’t even start hopping till 1am say different, you are lying and DON’T know Mexico!
    Looks to me like a Pelosi supporter, health nutt, who COULD have been out jogging, en safe Mexico!
    Tourist bars in Mexico are hopping mad at 3 and 4 am, many ILEGALLY remain open till 6 am!!
    Mexicans are all exactly like and mimic the Pinkerton’s, since this go’s over your heads, I’ll explain. For over 100 years, in the USA the “Pinkerton’s” were a detective agency, their motto STOLEN by Mexico like every thing else “WE NEVER SLEEP” the MEXICANS never sleep, an ENTIRE race of people all “Vampire” who are up all night.
    And their stinking attitude reflects it the next day on their job! Up all night, not worth a shit at work the next day.
    OK so he was in then “safe” tourist hotel zone, ran down, gunned down. Still you want claim it was his fault, can’t be shithole ever disintegrating Mexico could it?
    Bottom line is MEXICO IS, it’s own worst enemy, sorry IDIO’S, this WILL get pout in the USA AND Canada, Mexico ONCE MORE shoots itself in the foot, F—ing IDIOTS!

  • DreadFool

    “loved by all who knew him” – well almost.

  • Commander Barkfeather

    How very decent of the municipal police to show up. Only took four hours.

    • michael grosser

      And what were they going to do? Hey dead men don’t have bribe money! You would feel better if they showed up sooner? How much sooner? 1 hr? 2hr? The dumb phuck is dead and he asked for it

      • PanchoMcCain

        Anybody would love to have you as a neighbor when you come back from Mexico, you are a beautiful human being.

        • Garry Montgomery

          ja ja ja ja

  • Dead Dog

    This can happen to everyone who travels to mexico. Don’t go there for any reason, your life is at risk.

    • SeemedLikeAGoodIdea

      Or Chicago, or Detroit or LA. Yes?

      • michael grosser

        yeah, show your ignorance

        • alt mexican

          I grew up in LA. I now live in Mexico. I love living here. I can sit on the beach with a beer, ride in the back of a truck, and not have to worry about my ex-wife’s false accusations and the gangsters in blue with badges.

          • michael grosser

            Good on ya Mate, check back with me after you you lived here a decade or two. Feliz Ano Nuevo

          • LA Native

            I’m with ya, lived part time in Baja (vacation house) all my life, and moved to Baja Sur on a permanent basis in 2005. The drug war was a failure, every time they took a cartel leader out, the wars would start for the territory. Escaped in 2011 under duress, didnt want to leave. But in hindsight, it was a good move. It has gotten really bad in my formally peaceful town and I have had a good Mexican friend assassinated by the cartels for not paying up to them. His family, in this town for many generations is now gone and in hiding. It breaks my heart.

    • Dorothee Maier

      Yes, stay in the US and attend a concert in Las Vegas.

      • michael grosser

        you need serious help, girl

        • Rick Drake

          Go visit Watts at 4am.

          • michael grosser

            and that means things are better here? Hello, hello. I can keep out of Watts. I m too afraid to travel anywhere in Mexico

          • alt mexican

            You are a coward then Michael Grosser. I go to Puerto Vallarta, Puebla, Cancun (the most dangerous of the three) along with Mexico City, and Guanajuato. Haven’t had a problem in 15 years. Don’t do drugs. Don’t stay out late. Don’t put your nose where it doesn’t belong. Don’t be a protesting SJW twit.

          • michael grosser

            OK yes I am a coward, it is one of my best survival attributes. I do not gamble more than I can afford to loose. And I intend to remain a live coward. You are a very articulate name caller. Thank you for your remarks. Unfortunately they do nothing to change what is going
            on nor does denial. Feliz Ano Nuevo. Best to you and yours.

            PS: you are a permanent resident of Mexico? I am but after 15 yrs I have had enough.

          • michael grosser

            Hey at least I am not so cowardly as to not use my own name. My name is Michael Grosser and you would be “alt” nice to meet you Alt

          • michael grosser

            I am not too cowardly to use my own name.It is Michael Grosser and you sir would be “Alt Mexican” Nice to meet you Alt. I wish I knew what “SJW” was but I probably am that too. However I am Not protesting, merely sharing my own honest genuine observations and opinions, sorry if you have a problem. As for “twit” goes, I’ll take a pass on that one. Nice hearing from you. Feliz Ano Nuevo

          • michael grosser

            pleez pleez oh pleez tell me wtf Watts or Somalia or Timuktu has to do with the deterioration that is occurring here in Mex. I go out and kill ten people…that’s ok somebody else killed 20 people. I don’t live in Watts
            I don’t care about Watts. I live in Mexico. What part of Mexico don’t you understand? …MEXICOI MEXICO not WATTS not CHICAGO not EAST PALO ALTO not COMPTON MEXICO for Jesus crying out load MEXICO MEXICO HELLO….Do you somehow not understand that I am TAWKIN ABOUT MEXICO !!!!!!!

    • Dave Wells

      My wife and I live in Mexico for about 4 months every year. We have had virtually no problems of any sort. I understand that drug cartels exist, and maybe I’ve eaten in restaurants with narcos at the next table, but I have had no problems. Sure, maybe I’m lucky. But more likely it’s safer than Dead Dog and others think. The trip we will leave on in a week is about our 19th trip to Mexico (I’ve lost count over the years.) I love the people, the food, the non-homogenized culture, the dance, the art, the beaches, the colonial cities, the language, my Spanish teacher — I just love Mexico. Yes, I’m an American. I live here, although I could move to Mexico. I care about the U.S. And I care that we don’t live in fear of things that are different — like Mexico.

      • michael grosser

        Dead people don’t report about how safe Mexico is.

    • marykayjay

      Some areas of Mexico are more dangerous than others. It’s like saying don’t go to North Dakota because so many people are murdered in Washington DC.

      • mexbungalows

        Todo México se vuelve más peligroso después del anochecer. No se ve patrullas por parte de la policía. Se supone que los turistas tomarán un taxi cuando las horas son tempranas.

        Mexico become more dangerous after dark. There is no police presence in most cities. The justice system believes tourists do not walk the street in the morning hours but use a taxi.

        • cooncats

          And the smart ones do. Good point.

      • michael grosser

        Please tell me where those safe places are. My concern is that the Highways are wired. If you are witnessed with a lot of goodies or just seem vulerable there are plenty of gangbangers and wannabees who will track and report you to their buddies down the road. You are at their mercy. Even tour as well as commuter busses are targeted….hey they robbed the driver too. Uh hu, he’s the guy who phoned it in.

        • marykayjay

          The state of Yucatan. As of September, in 2017 there have been two intentional homicides, zero kidnappings, two cases of extortion, four robberies of vehicles, 119 robberies of houses and 28 of businesses. This in the ENTIRE STATE. What is crime like where you live?

          • michael grosser

            We are boldly setting new homocide records here in(formally safe) Baja Sur. Thanks for what one must take for good news. Is it as hot there as Baja during the summer…I am looking for a new home?
            Feliz Ano Nuevo

          • marykayjay

            I don’t know how hot it is there in the summer, but it is hot & humid here.

          • michael grosser

            Mercy from mid july to mid oct it hangs in or near triple digits..as the summer progresses we loose the evening cooling and humidity goes up
            and if we are lucky enough to make to Aug/Sept we may get a hurricane
            Lucky us! I lived in Mulege (between Loreto and St Rosalia) and got washed out with three hurricanes in 6 yrs. It’s prettty brutal it’s just that it goes on sooooo long a least four months and it’s just like being put in a
            crock pot on low heat by sept the meat is falling of your bones. The temps are so much better in the upper elevations…even though I have a Mex plated car, Mex insurance and mex drivers licence I am too intimidated to go to Mich. or oax. etc. Everyone sez “Mike don’t do it
            fly don’t drive” (mexican friends). Oh well the wx is sweet now and for the next 5 months…..I have till then to shag ass outa here. Been saying that nowfor 8 yrs…..this time I mean it. Thanks, Feliz Ano Nuevo

    • Rosemary

      That is so false! We live in Mexico 6 months a year and keep our nose clean and certainly don’t wander the streets alone at the wee hours of the night. The same goes for the US!

    • alt mexican

      Don’t go to the USA where you can be gunned down with hundreds of other people while in church or at a music event. And if the guns don’t get you, the witch-hunting SJW feminists will.

    • Garry Montgomery

      nonsense, fraidy cat

  • Mason

    I wonder how much the Mexican authorities will make the family pay to get the body back.

    • Eugene Nero

      As a high city management official, he should have no better.

  • Steverino

    Most of the fighting is between drug cartels to see who will supply the USA.
    Where was the deceased prior to being shot? He was being chased? From where and why, to kill him for no reason?
    Then 2 + 2 = 3.9.

  • paulbeddows

    I spend 6 months a year in Mexico. Every time an American or Canadian is murdered everyone panics and says its unsafe. The fact of the matter is an American has a far better chance of being murdered in his own country than in Mexico, and a Canadian actually has a better chance of being murdered in Australia. (There is a study by CBC on that & it’s actually true) . Most Americans & Canadians murdfred in Mexico are involved in the drug trade in one way or another. That does not appear to be the case here, but tourists in general place themselves more in danger than they would be at home. IE wandering the street at 4 AM or going to clubs & bars where you have no idea who the clientel are. You are always generally at more risk when in unfamiliar territory. What Mexico does not have much of, are random nut jobs shooting people for the fun of it, which is becoming endemic in the US. Usually if soemone wants to murder you in Mexico they have a reason to do so. In this case it looks like being in the wrong place at the wrong time. This may be headline news because of where it happened. In most American cities, it would be lucky to make the back page. As for drug shootings, I live in the Vancouver area of BC Canada, there have been at least 3 shootings in public places since Christmas. All drug related. In most cases the victims are oher drug dealers, but there have also been innocent bystanders over the last few years. No different from this. Are you afraid to visit Canada? Perspective is word of the day.

    • michael grosser

      Help Me Paul, because things are more dangerous somewhere else, that make things safer here, is that right? I was bludgeoned and robbed at the bus station in Mulege
      but that was ok because 10 people were killed in Somalia? OK thanks for bringing me upto speed on that. I really appreciate. And hey it was just my backpack and my glassed smashed against my face and a little (well, a lot) of blood. What drug gang am I in. The blow to my head must have given my amnesia

      • paulbeddows

        I was mugged in Peru a few years back and got 2 broken ribs. If I want to be perfectly safe I will stay home and watch the national geographic channel. To be quite frank I feel much safer in many parts of Mexico than I do in places like LA. If you want a life, then it involves a certain amount of risk. If you dont then spend it on the couch. Not my idea of living.

        • michael grosser

          I totally agree with that. There are however risk and foolish risk…hard to tell them apart until after the fact. I love life so much that I guess I would rather be watching Ntl Geo than watching sum wacked out punk cutting off my fingers to extort ransom money. I feel super lucky to have made it this far. Don’t wanna piss Gawd off by pushing my luck too far. Guess it’s old age setting in because Lord knows I have taken my share of risk
          Good one you Sir!

          • paulbeddows

            I spent over a week being held by fedayeen in lebanon in the 70’s, so my risk tolerance is high.

          • michael grosser

            Well then how about you get off the line and go do something risky and if you die I won’t have to listen to crap anymore and if you live you can come back and tell us all about how brave and adventurous you are

          • paulbeddows

            no need to hget testy. I have spent 6 months a year RVing all over mexico for the last 10 years. Ont a bit of toruble. I cant say the same for the US. If people do not feel comfy down there, then dont go. It sure wont stop me. i have countless inciedent of people giivng me the shirt off their back down there.

        • Garry Montgomery

          And then there are home invasions, burglaries, breaking and entering . . .

      • Garry Montgomery

        You have the illogical logic of a 10 year old liberal left wing-nut. Not accusing you of being one but you sure write like one. You may actually be a nice guy, just misguided and slightly askew north of the eyebrows.

        • michael grosser

          Dude, I am a vet, I retired after 15yrs working in Ca prison. A life member ofNRA. I am anything but a liberal..and that sure as hell duzn’t mean I agree with Trump or the BS coming out of the Rep party…America is a ONE party system. They are ALL in cohoots worrying about nothing but their careers as aristocratic politicians. Thirty yrs in offices.
          Did we rilly need 6 more yrs of McCain any more than we need 6 more yrs of Fieinstien?
          Please Sir put your eyes and your brain in gear. Wow to call me a liberal or left wing is as far off base as you cud possibly get. But thank you. Let me know when you get tired of the same old BS I am sick of voting for the lesser of two evils. Lordy no one cud be as contempable as Hillary as I, but is Trump that much better. These guys get elected and then try
          to presume (or state) that what they spew is what we want. Only the lesser of two evils.
          Yes, I supported Trump because he was (supposedly) an “outsider” now it looks like that poor boy has serious issues not only with the truth but with history…Nice to hear from

          you. Keep fighting the good fight but please don’t think I am ten yrs old and a liberal.
          BTW are you a vet,also. Why am I misguided. I am here in Mexico because it breaks my heart to see what has happened to the country that hat I took a vow to “defend against all enemies foreign and domestic” I never disavowed that oath….not like our politicians.
          I wish you well, Sir

          • Garry Montgomery

            My assumptions were based on your use of American English. Yes I am a Vet, Special Forces and left the U.S. as I am disgusted with the legal and political system. No offence meant.

          • michael grosser

            Thank you too Sir, no offence meant either sometimes I get a little wond (winded?)
            up and agitated and talk shit sorta like what you were saying, God Bless you again I apolgize to you for being out of line

        • michael grosser

          Sir I am a 66yr old vet. I have retired after 15yr in the Ca Dept of

          Corrections.BTW R U a VET?? I am a life member of the NRA.
          I am anything but a “10 yr old Liberal lefttie. I have nothing but the vilest contempt for Hillary (and her POS husband “Slick Willie)
          Schumer, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, et al. But Sir, please use your eyes and your brain to see that we are dealing with a “one party system” all of these career hacks are interested in nothing but their aristocric lifestyle and getting re elected. Did we need 6 more yrs of McCain anymore than we need 6 more yrs of Lady Di (yes she is running again!!!)
          I supported Trump as (once again) he was the lesser of two evils.
          But seriously (and sadly) he is a sick puppy who has serious problems with the truth as well as history. Can you imagine that

          anyone would tell all these lies when they contradicted themselves on videotape (Obama “you can keep your Dr….Trump “I will too busy to play golf when I am president) I mean SHIT Bro, it goes on and on with no end…….before you attack me just look at what is going on around you. Guys got their guts shot out on the beaches of Normandy and the stinking rice paddies of Vietnam to defend a country that has nothing more to worry about than where transexuals can go pee pee and whether gays can have a wedding cake.I could go on. I took a vow to “defend the constitution of the US against all enemies, foreign and domestic” I never gave up that vow. I am sorry you disagree with me and want to resort to name calling (“the last refuge of a moron” but I wish you well Sir

  • Parque_Hundido

    This is awful. Just awful.

    Before the usual suspects begin asking idiotic questions about “why was he out at night…” we need to recall that this is awful and uncalled for no matter who, where or why.

  • Terry Strand

    The beginning of the end of Ixtapa’s reputation? Been there six times in the last 25 years…and sad to hear the place is getting bad.

  • Juanito

    My 2 cents as I have been reading and enjoying at all the comments to this post…

    I (US Citizen) have 8 years(over the last 20) experience living in Mexico, many with ex Mexican wife or girlfriend. Lived in both ex-pat areas and non expat.

    For those who say it is safe and blah blah blah I would guess you have never had an incident that forced you to be involved in the SYSTEM. Incident = accident, crime committed against, injury, harassment police stop, anything that would get you involved in the system, SYSTEM = medical care, court, law enforcement, anything with government involvement.

    All, 100%, the police, politicians, government workers are corrupt, most with ties to the cartels. Have had attempted extortion and/or theft by:
    1. police just for simply reporting and accident, break ins and theft to my residence, being gringo, driving gringo, most of same also happened to Mexican wife, in my presence and not.
    2. Public Notarios for me conducting legal business matters of real estate and construction.
    3. Government officials for wanting them to just do the job they occupy in the government.
    4. I could go on and on ………

    MY point is the entire system is now corrupt. No matter what, NEVER call a cop, unless you like inviting an interaction with a cartel member. NEVER do it..

    I now try not and spend time in locations in the world where corruption is so rampant you have ZERO expectations of help and most probably negative assistance from law enforcement or government.

    If you are lucky enough to never have a hiccup/problem that necessitates the need for entry to the SYSTEM, great for you, but if it happens …….. BE READY!

    que tengas buen dia 🙂

    FACTS:
    – Mexico ranked 15th out of 217 countries in GDP , World Bank data as of June 30, 2016
    – Mexico is now the 123 least corrupt nation (alongside Honduras(103 in GDP) and Sierra Leone(159 in GDP)) out of 176 countries, according to the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International. Mexico’s ranking among the 35 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) remained unchanged: dead last. It also ranked well below its economic competitors: 40 places separate Mexico from countries including China, India and Brazil.

  • Berwick Traven

    It makes so much more sense to blame the victim than the “armed gunmen” who were chasing him. Very professional policing (and show of respect) to leave this man’s body unattended in a parking lot for four hours, too. /s

    All sympathy and sincere condolences to the family and friends of Douglas Bradley.

  • Bruce Gallo

    The Expats i speak to DON’T go out at night . the crime is high, the MX PESO is crumbling , NOW we are getting bodies hanging from perches in the TOURIST areas, Corruption from top to Bottom, BOY can’t imagine what 2018 will be like . Adios Amigos

  • Mike S

    In 2016, 78 American citizens were murdered in Mexico according to US State Department. . Two million norte Americanos live in Mexico as retirees or work there. That year 27 million Americans visited Mexico as tourists. Of those 78 murdered, I have to believe that half were involved in illegal activities (drugs) mostly in border states .I would make an educated guess that another 20 were killed over family/romantic interests. So, if your not involved in the drug business and not dating women with jealous boyfriends, the murder rate for gringos in Mx is lower than any city, town, or village in the US. Was this man an unlucky victim of random violence, or is there more to this story?

  • darysrealm

    I have been in Mexico for 13 years. I agree be careful use your head and most of the time you will be safe. I do not live in the expats areas. However my wife was in town at 10:00am four lane road and her vehicle was struck by over 40 bullets. Plus someone walking on the sidewalk was killed also. Oh she was Mexican. She was nwas driving in the middle of the morning. 5 weeks ago

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