Karla Baca and Patrick Landers were identified as the couple who were shot and killed in South Juarez earlier this week.
According to KTSM , the couple were driving a black jeep with New York plates on Lopez Mateos Avenue when they were attacked.
Police say suspects fired at least 20 gunshots. Apparently, the couple was surprised when they came out of a mobile phone store, by two assassins who used long weapons to assassinate them.
While the investigation is still ongoing, there has not yet been a motive provided by local law enforcement.
Pat Landers, 32, of Baldwinsville, is a golf pro in New York state. Dave LaBarge, a Syracuse-area friend of Landers, spoke with syracuse.com . He revealed that the last time he spoke with his friend was last Saturday, April 18, 2020.
Landers had been quarantining with Karla Baca in Juarez, where she worked as a physical education teacher. The two had been dating for three or four months.
The couple met on a trip to Texas several months ago, according to Adam Howe, another friend who spoke with the publication. He also said that Landers enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and other areas in the South because of the warm weather.
Landers often sent snapchats to friends updating them on his life south of the border, the lates one featured the couple cooking in the kitchen. Landers was the father to a young son that he loved 'more than anything in the world.'
Baca is a Mexican citizen from Juárez, and Chihuahua state investigators are working with the U.S. Consulate in Juárez in the formal identification of Landers. She had just returned to work after a six month leave out of the country.
The El Paso Times reports that despite a a stay-at-home directive in Juárez, there have been more than 100 killings this month, with 560 homicides so far this year, according to a daily tally by Norte Digital news website.
Much of the violence is linked to fighting between drug groups over control of the crystal methamphetamine market, law enforcement officials have said.