A few weeks after the brutal murder of Mexican narco-run singer Luis Mendoza, another singer of the same genre has been shot to death in a shopping mall in Tijuana, reported media.

Screenshot of Samuel Barrazas interpreting one of his music videos
Screenshot of Samuel Barrazas interpreting one of his music videos

On Tuesday, July 16, Samuel Barrazas Rivas and his companion, Luis Edel Hernández Frías, were attacked in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Tijuana (Baja California), a city that borders San Diego (California). Barraza's (35) and Hernandez (34) were shot in the chest and head, according to state authorities. So far there are no detainees and the identity of him or the attackers is unknown.

At the scene of the crime, police found four .40 caliber shell casings of a weapon known as the 'cop killer'. Barrazas was lying next to a Nissan Versa car, shot in the back of the head; his companion lay near the elevator with wounds to the abdomen and head, according to the crime weekly Zeta Tijuana.

The singer was known for songs such as La Noche Ideal and La Parvada and for music videos in which he posed with long weapons and wore military-type camouflage. A week before his death, his brother, Misael Barraza, had also been shot dead, the newspaper Excélsior reported. In a video he shared on Facebook, Barrazas mourned his brother's death and thanked the family for their support.

On July 8, narcocorridos singer Luis Mendoza, popular for the song No Tengo Miedo, died after being shot more than 100 times by an armed commando traveling in two trucks.

"I'm not afraid of losing my life, but I take care of myself in case they get excited," said one of the songs sung by the member of the corridos band Los Ronaldos.

Social network users shared the video that supposedly shows the moment of the attack in Ciudad Obregón (Sonora), another state on the border with the United States, where this musical genre is more popular. Mendoza had recently gained recognition for performing regional music and had recently launched a narcocorrido.