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Imperial Beach Administrative Services Director Doug Bradley was shot to death Thursday while vacationing in the resort city of Ixtapa in southern Mexico, Imperial Beach city officials confirmed Friday.

Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina said Bradley, a Huntington Beach native, was shot during a robbery. Bradley, who lived in Playas de Tijuana, would have celebrated his 50th birthday Friday.

“Doug was a wonderful person,” said Dedina, who described him as a “world-traveling surfer.”

Bradley was hired by the city in 2013. As administrative services director, he oversaw the city budget and fiscal functions. In that post, he also served as the city treasurer.

“He was brilliant at his job. He was always positive,” Dedina said. “You couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with.”

Dedina said everyone who knew Bradley held him in high regard.

“Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him,” he said. “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. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.”

According to Mexico News Daily, witnesses told local media Bradley was being chased by gunmen when he was shot with a 9-mm handgun about 4 a.m. Thursday in the hotel zone of the Pacific Coast city in the state of Guerrero. His body had lain in a parking lot for four hours before police received a report of the killing, according to the Mexico News Daily report.

Dedina said the city was working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana to bring Bradley’s body to the U.S.

Bradley was not married and did not have children.
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A United States citizen killed Thursday morning in Ixtapa, Guerrero, has been identified as a tourist who was visiting from Imperial Beach, California.

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.
He lay there in the parking lot for four hours.

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This is starting to get a lot of attention in the local San Diego news. Hopefully it gains some momentum.
The real question is, how can someone with obvious drug ties be finance director for imperial beach?
Shooting of Imperial Beach official a "priority case" say Guerrero officials

Authorities in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero said Tuesday that they are making a top priority of their investigation into the shooting death of an Imperial Beach city official killed last Thursday while vacationing in the resort of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

Doug Bradley worked as administrative services director of Imperial Beach. An avid surfer, he had gone to Ixtapa to celebrate his 50th birthday, family members said. Initial reports in local media said he was killed in a robbery at 4 a.m., but late Tuesday authorities had yet to confirm the motive for the assault, and reported no arrests.

“Here what’s most important is to get to the bottom of this matter and determine what happened and find those presumed responsible for this crime,” said Roberto Alvarez Heredia, spokesman for Grupo Coordinación Guerrero, an umbrella for state and federal security forces in the state.

Sergio Flores, a spokesman for Guerrero Gov. Héctor Astudillo Flores said “the governor has asked the prosecutor’s office to make a priority of the investigation and the return of the body.”

On Thursday, Bradley’s sister is scheduled to meet with the state’s attorney general, Xavier Olea Peláez, when she travels to Guerrero to identify and claim her brother’s body. Cheryl Bradley said she has been getting conflicting reports from Guerrero officials channeled through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, which has been assisting the family.

“There is no clear information, nobody is contacting us directly to share information with us,” Cheryl Bradley said in an interview Tuesday morning.

“Our only focus has been trying to get the body back,” Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina said Tuesday. “We don’t know what happened,” he said. “All we know about Doug is that Doug was an amazing administrative services director, he was an incredibly nice person, loved life, loved surfing, and we’re going to miss him big-time.”

Late Tuesday, the Grupo Coordinación Guerrero released a statement saying that investigators had “reconstructed every movement he made during his stay, and gathered testimony from those who had contact with him.”

According to the statement, one witness said that Bradley had been at “a well-known bar” where he “contracted the services of a sex worker, with whom, it appears that he had differences.”

Alvarez, the spokesman, said “it’s a line of investigation, not definitive, that must be followed to the end until it can be confirmed or ruled out,” as an incident linked to Bradley’s killing.

Bradley’s was one of 2,773 homicides in 2017 in Guerrero, the state with the highest number of violent deaths in Mexico. Many of the killings have been attributed to rivalries between drug trafficking organizations.

Bradley’s shooting is one of a handful recent high-profile homicides in Guerrero receiving special attention from state investigators, Alvarez said. Another victim, Adolfo Serna Nogueda, shot to death on Sunday, had hoped to win the backing of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party in his bid to lead the municipality of Atoyac de Alvarez. Also on the priority list is the investigation into the death of Arturo Gómez Pérez, the mayor of Petatlán, and a member of Mexico’s Party of the Democratic Revolution who was shot to death while dining at a restaurnt on Thurday night.

An initial statement from the Grupo Coordinación Guerrero released on Friday stated that Bradley had been shot three times and “could have had some addiction to toxic substances.”

Interviewed Tuesday, Alvarez distanced himself from the statement, which has remained posted on his official Facebook page. “A U.S. citizen was here on vacation, even came here on vacation to celebrate his birthday and was deprived of his life,” he said. “This to me is an extremely serious incident.”

Cheryl Bradley said her brother “absolutely did not do drugs. He helped other people get off drugs, this was something he was very passionate about.”

Bradley was born in Huntington Beach, and was a 1986 graduate of Fountain Valley High School, and later got a degree in finance from Cal Poly Pomona. He had been a surfer since boyhood, and as he got older began traveling to Mexico and Central America, Cheryl Bradley said.

She said this was her brother’s third annual trip to Ixtapa for Christmas and his birthday. He had been planning to go with a friend, and decided to go anyway after the friend canceled at the last minute, she said.

She said Bradley had been looking to retire in Ixtapa, and was beginning to look at properties there.

Shortly after being hired in Nov. 2013 in Imperial Beach, her brother moved to Playas de Tijuana so he could live near the ocean and surf, Cheryl Bradley said. “He loved the Mexican culture and the Mexican people, she said.

When his mother worried about him, “he would have this head-shake kind of response,” the sister said. “He knew he had to be smart about things, but he saw the good in the place, it was home to him.”

Bradley, who was divorced and had no children, is survived by his mother, Elaine Bradley of Rancho Santa Margarita in Orange County; a brother, Marty Bradley of Lakewood and his sister, who lives in Denver.
Where are all the Nomads on this? I can't be that this guy was at the wrong place at the wrong time. The Nomads should be lining up to denounce this guy as a narco.
(01-03-2018, 06:25 AM)Dindosit Wrote: [ -> ]Nomads have the blinders on like usual.
Backlash after victim linked to drug use

The death of a California man in Ixtapa, Guerrero, and suggestions by state authorities that his murder could be linked to drug addiction has led to a rebuke from the mayor of the city where the deceased worked and a backlash against Mexico on social media.

Douglas Bradley, 49, was shot and killed in the early hours of last Thursday morning in the city’s hotel zone.

Guerrero Governor Héctor Astudillo subsequently released a statement alleging that Bradley “could have an addiction to toxic substances.”

State security spokesman Roberto Álvarez Heredia said via press release that the investigation would consider the possibility that the administrative services director from Imperial Beach, California, was a drug addict.

In a statement released last night, Álvarez said the state Attorney General’s office was reconstructing every movement made by the victim. One line of investigation being considered is that Bradley’s murder could be connected to an argument in a local bar.

“A witness indicated that the deceased went to a well-known bar where he contracted the services of a sex worker with whom he apparently had a disagreement. The aforementioned line [of investigation] will be exhausted to confirm or refute the veracity of the collected testimonies,” the statement said.

“. . . What’s most important is to get to the bottom of this matter and determine what happened and find those presumed responsible for this crime,” Álvarez said.

After a reporter from news magazine Proceso shared Astudillo’s addiction insinuation with him on Twitter, Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina defended his former colleague, suggesting that the nature of Bradley’s addiction was much more innocent.

“And I declare my addiction to the waves of Mexico in BC [Baja California], BCS [Baja California Sur], Michoacán, GRO [Guerrero] and Oaxaca — like Doug,” he wrote.

In another post, he wrote that “Doug Bradley lived in Playas de Tijuana, surfed all over Mexico and crossed the border every day to work at the City of Imperial Beach. He was a true border resident.” In a previous statement he said that “Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him.”

The mayor has also posted a series of tributes to Bradley on his personal Twitter account.

“RIP Doug Bradley — grew up in HB [Huntington Beach], worked and surfed the city of Imperial Beach. Mahalo [thank you] and Aloha Doug!!!” read one.

The mayor also retweeted a post from another Twitter user who sent a scathing message to the official government of Guerrero account.

“It’s easier for you to stigmatize deaths than to investigate, that way you get your people to shelve [the investigation] before justice should be applied,” the reposted tweet read.

The victim’s sister, Cheryl Bradley, also denied that her brother was a drug user, saying that “he absolutely did not do drugs. He helped other people get off drugs, this was something he was very passionate about.”

She is scheduled to meet Guerrero Attorney General Javier Olea Peláez tomorrow to formally identify and claim Bradley’s body.

However, in an interview yesterday morning, Bradley complained that she had been getting conflicting reports from Guerrero authorities about the incident. A government spokesman, however, said that “the governor has asked the prosecutor’s office to make a priority of the investigation and the return of the body.”

Several other people also took to social media to add their condolences and express anger at insecurity and violence in Mexico.

Among the tweets posted in response to the news of Bradley’s murder were “I wouldn’t let my dog vacation there [in Guerrero]” and “Build that wall! Trump got it right, [Mexicans are] murderers and rapists.”

“Doug was one of my dearest friends . . . We are heartbroken that the place he loved most in the world, Mexico, would take him from us. I will never return to Mexico again,” wrote Kim Ewald of Lake Havasu, Arizona.

Bradley’s death was one of almost 3,000 in the violent southern state last year.
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