A California woman was killed by a stray bullet while celebrating her first wedding anniversary in an upscale neighborhood in Mexico City.
Tatiana Mirutenko had just stepped out of a restaurant Saturday in Lomas de Chapultepec after dining with her husband, James Hoover, and some friends when she was struck in the head, according to ABC News.
The gunmen were on a motorcycle and were aiming at a bouncer at a nearby bar, Mexican authorities said.
The tragic 27-year-old and Hoover, who are from San Francisco, were celebrating their first wedding anniversary together and traveling with three other couples.
“A year ago, we were selecting flowers for the wedding,” her grieving father, Wasyl Mirutenko, told the station. “Today we were looking at flowers for the funeral.”
The young couple left for Mexico City on July 3 and planned on dining at as many Michelin star restaurants as they could. They were set to return home one day after the fatal shooting.
“She was telling me how wonderful, how safe it was,” said her mom, Natalie Mirutenko.
Tatiana worked as a senior investor relations analyst at Nektar Therapeutics and also played Division I volleyball at Clemson University.
“She would give 200 percent,” said Natalie. “As a mother, we always say things, but she inspired me to be better. I’d give my life if she could just come back.”
Nektar Therapeutics called her a “bright and passionate rising star.”
“Many throughout Nektar, and outside the company, valued her positive energy, insight and sheer enthusiasm for life,” the company said in a statement.
Tatiana’s body will be flown back to Chicago on Wednesday for her burial Saturday.
Two days before they departed, she posted a black and white photo on her Instagram kissing Hoover on their wedding day.
“Year 1,” she captioned the picture with a heart emoji.
Hoover’s Instagram account, meanwhile, included a couple of photos from their Mexico trip.