MMA fighter Sergio Salcido Luna was gunned down early Monday morning at the U.S./Mexico border near San Diego. The 25-year-old Salcido, riding with his co-worker, 28-year-old Kevin Joel Romero were trying to enter the U.S. in order to go to work that day for a San Diego beverage company called West Coast Beverage Maintenance.
While waiting at the San Ysidro border crossing near Tijuana, Mexico, in their Mazda B2500 pickup truck, an unidentified suspect approached the vehicle and opened fire with a 9mm handgun. The suspect fired off five shots, hitting both victims in the head, arms, and chest in what is being described as, “an execution-style killing.” The suspect remains at large.
Authorities were investigating the possibilities of the shooting being drug related but have since ruled out that scenario. One of the victims had “a small packet” of drugs as part of his belongings and the ammunition used in the shooting used is often favored by drug cartel gunmen in Mexico. Neither victim had a criminal record.
Luna was a welterweight MMA fighter with a pro record of 4-5. His most notable fight was against recent Ultimate Fighter alum Sako Chivitchian. He was preparing for a June bout before his life was tragically cut short.