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Brit, 37, shot dead in Mexico supermarket: Cornish parents say he was in ‘wrong place at wrong time’

The family of a British software engineer who was shot dead in Mexico said he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.

Software engineer Ben Corser, 37, was murdered last Tuesday (May 24) while shopping in Colima, western Mexico.

Ben was in a car on Camino Real Boulevard when he and two friends, Claudio and Alfredo, were shot dead.

Ben Corser, 37, was shopping in Colima, western Mexico when he was shot and killed next to two friends who were in their car

Ben Corser, 37, was shopping in Colima, western Mexico when he was shot and killed next to two friends who were in their car

The Cornishman had been in Mexico as a tourist since January.

His parents, former headteacher Andrew Corser and Lorraine Downes, and his brother Tom Corser, said he was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’.

They said Ben had “become part of the community” in western Mexico.

Ben’s body will be returned to the UK for burial in St Just, Cornwall.

The Corser family said: “Ben has been in Mexico since January 2022, where he had a very happy and social time, living in different parts of Mexico, becoming part of the community and also traveling around a bit.

Recently Ben lived with a Mexican-American family near the town of Colima. Two of the young men in the household (Claudio and Alfredo) were skateboarders and Ben went skating with them.

“Tuesday evening, May 24, 2022, Ben and Claudio will return from Guadalajara by bus and Alfredo will pick them up in the car.

“They went along the main boulevard in Colima and stopped at a supermarket to get some food for Mom.

“While they were in the car, outside the supermarket, all three young men, including Ben in the back seat, were shot and killed.

Ben was one of three men killed in their car on Camino Real Boulevard (pictured) last week

Ben was one of three men killed in their car on Camino Real Boulevard (pictured) last week

Ben and his friends were murdered outside the Macaza supermarket in Colima, western Mexico

Ben and his friends were murdered outside the Macaza supermarket in Colima, western Mexico

“We have had no explanation, no reasons given, no suggestion of theft, kidnapping or anything else.

“No doubt the police will eventually complete their investigation and tell us what they think has happened – there has been a dramatic upswing in Colima in recent weeks, although this was not aimed at tourists at all.

“It’s very likely that this was a matter of Ben (and Claudio and Alfredo) being tragically in the wrong place at the wrong time.

‘Thank you for all your sweet expressions of regret and support, and all the offers of help – St Just, Ben’s large network of friends, has provided vital comfort to the family during this terrible time of grief. Thank you.’

People took to social media to pay tribute.

One user wrote: ‘Sincere condolences to all of you. I haven’t seen Ben since school, but it goes without saying that he was bursting with charisma.

‘What an absolute tragedy. Love and strength to all of you x.’

Another added: ‘I would like to say to his parents that your son was not in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had every right to be where he was.

“It was the perpetrators who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. My condolences to you and all your family and friends on your loss.’

One Facebook commenter wrote: ‘I’m so sorry Tom, I’m sending lots of love to you and your mom and dad.

“I have fond memories of Ben, he was so much fun and just a really nice guy.”

Cornish businessman Chris Cleave, 54, was shot dead in Cancun in March

Cornish businessman Chris Cleave, 54, was shot dead in Cancun in March

And another added: ‘I’m sorry to hear this Tom..think with you and the family friend.’

Officials said they have been in contact with the British government to organize the repatriation of Ben’s body.

Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Gustavo Adrián Joya Cervera said: “We are in contact with several government agencies at the federal level to clarify this matter.”

There has been a wave of violence in Colima, the capital of the Mexican state of the same name.

Local reporter Bertha Reynoso tweeted: “Engineer Ben Marshall Corser is the first foreigner to fall victim to this wave of violence experienced in Colima since January 25.”

Nearly 400 people have reportedly been killed in the crime wave.

Ben is also the second person from Cornwall to be shot dead in Mexico this year.

Chris Cleave, 54, was driving through Playa del Carmen in Cancun, across the country, when he was murdered in March.

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