Murdered brothers’ bodies handed over to parents


The bodies of two Australian brothers killed in Mexico were taken to the US and returned to their parents on Thursday.

The bodies of Jake and Callum Robinson, who were 30 and 33 years old respectively, were transported from Tijuana to San Diego where their parents were waiting.

The body of Jack Carter Rhoad, their 30-year-old American friend who was also killed, is in the care of another undertaker.

The three were camping on a remote beach area in Baja California state when they were killed. Investigators believe there was an attempt to steal their van. Their bodies were found last Friday in a deep crevice on a cliff with bullet wounds to the head.

Jesús Gerardo has already appeared in court in connection with the murders. The prosecutor said they are gathering evidence to charge two other suspects as well. They are currently in custody for alleged possession of methamphetamine.

Baja California, located just south of California, is popular with American tourists for its beaches. However, it is one of Mexico’s most violent states due to organized criminal gangs operating there.

Earlier this week, the parents of the two Australian brothers appealed to people to “live bigger, shine brighter and love harder” in memory of their sons.

Debra and Martin Robinson say “the world has become a darker place” since the death of their sons.

Martin thanked friends and family in Australia and the US for their “overwhelming support” since the brothers and their friend went missing.

“They were young men living out their passion for surfing together,” said Debra.

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