British estate agent shot dead in drive-by shooting

Chris Cleave
Chris Cleave

A British estate agent, originally from Cornwall, has been killed in a ‘targeted attack’, after his car was ambushed by two men on motorbikes

Chris Cleave was shot dead on Saturday in front of his daughter, 14, in Cancun, Mexico, while driving through a popular tourist resort.

The killers opened fire through the driver’s side window, hitting the 54-year-old in the head and killing him instantly.

His 14-year-old daughter was not hit but taken to hospital and treated for shock and minor injuries.

The two killers were later captured by police as they fled on a motorcycle, according to the Mail Online.

Cleave, who was originally from Truro, Cornwall, had lived in Mexico for more than a decade. He became a permanent resident in 2013 and worked as an estate agent and property manager.

Police have named and pictured the two men who carried out the execution style killing of businessman Chris Cleave in front of his teenage daughter.

They were named as 30-year-old Jose N and 18-year-old Lenin N.

The murder weapon was also recovered after police chased the pair as they fled on a motorbike.

Cleave’s older brother Nick, who runs a watersports company in Falmouth, Cornwall, told the press: “We still can’t believe what has happened to Chris.

“We are all just trying to come to terms with his death and all we want to do now is gather the family around so that we can protect our elderly mother.

“The family won’t be making any further statement at the moment and we would like to be able to grieve in private.”

A police source said this was not a random shooting but a targeted attack.

“He was chosen to be murdered,” they said.



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