California parents search for answers after US-born son, 18, was murdered in Mexico

18-Year-Old California Teen Is KILLED While Vacationing To Mexico ‘After Trying To Save Boyfriend From Being Beaten By Gangs As They Leave A Party’

  • US-born teenager Jonathan Valenzuela was stabbed to death in Tecate, Mexico, on July 3.
  • The 18-year-old boy had traveled from San Diego to Tecate to attend a party with his best friend Kevin Hernández
  • Valenzuela and Hernández were attacked by at least six men, including one who stabbed Valenzuela
  • Aidé Ramos told Univision that the family has provided the identities of the suspects to authorities in Mexico, but no arrests have been made.
  • Video footage shows one of the suspects standing over Valenzuela as he lay on the floor and punch him
  • The battle took place across the street from a military station

An 18-year-old from California traveling from San Diego to Mexico was murdered while trying to defend his best friend from a gang after they left a house party.

Jonathan Valenzuela, 18, was stabbed to death on July 4 after he and his friend, Kevin Hernández, were attacked and beaten in the middle of a street near an army camp in Tecate, Baja California.

Cell phone video filmed at the scene shows a young man knocking Valenzuela to the ground and punching him repeatedly.

Another man, identified by local media as Junior Ortiz, stepped forward moments later and stabbed Valenzuela with a knife at least four times.

Jonathan Valenzuela’s July 3 trip to Tecate, Mexico, ended in tragedy when he was beaten and stabbed to death after leaving a party. His California parents have provided the identities of the six male suspects who allegedly assaulted their 13-year-old son, including the person who stabbed him at least four times, but no arrests have been made.

Still image from a cellphone video shows one of six alleged suspects beating up a defenseless Jonathan Valenzuela

Still image from a cellphone video shows one of six alleged suspects beating up a defenseless Jonathan Valenzuela

“The moment my son defended Kevin, they divorced him and started beating Kevin on a different side than Jonathan and Jonathan was surrounded by a lot more people,” Valenzuela’s stepmother, Aidé Ramos, told DailyMail.com in a telephone interview. Tuesday.

“It was at least nine to eleven people who helped the aggressor so that other young people did not approach.”

Ramos said she got a call from Valenzuela’s older sister, Jeslyn Valenzuela, after he was stabbed and said they were waiting for an ambulance.

About five minutes later, she got a second call from Jeslyn Valenzuela telling her that Jonathan Valenzuela had passed away.

Jonathan Valenzuela, from San Diego, was murdered on July 3 in Tecate, Mexico

Jonathan Valenzuela, from San Diego, was murdered on July 3 in Tecate, Mexico

The family of US-born 13-year-old Jonathan Valenzuela has provided the Baja California Attorney General's Office with photos of the six male suspects allegedly responsible for the fatal assault.

The family of US-born 13-year-old Jonathan Valenzuela has provided the Baja California Attorney General’s Office with photos of the six male suspects allegedly responsible for the fatal assault.

The family provided the Baja California Attorney General’s office with the video of the fatal beating and photos of each of the six male suspects allegedly responsible.

However, Ramos is skeptical of police, prosecutors and judges in a country where murders of foreigners, including Americans, and Mexican nationals regularly go unsolved.

According to the government’s crime data system, 168 people were murdered in the Baja California town of Tecate in the first six months of 2021, compared to the same period last year when only 58 murders were reported.

“None of them have been solved and none of the killers have been found. So that tells me my son’s death will be another one for Tecate,” Ramos said. “The agents’ inquiries don’t give me a good answer because apparently they’re not doing their job or maybe they were bought by the same aggressors, the same killers. So I don’t see them wanting to do their job in Tecate.’

“Right now I’m telling my wife I can’t return my son’s life, but we can put pressure on (the authorities) because I believe all the children of Mexico have the right to leave and return home alive.” Ramos added.

Baja California prosecutor Enrique Sánchez told Univision that while they rely on many of the witnesses who were present when Valenzuela was killed, the suspects “may have tried to divert the investigation.”

DailyMail.com contacted the attorney general of Baja California for comment.

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