A young woman has died after being accidentally shot in the head by friends while filming a fake kidnapping video for TikTok.
The incident took place in the city of Chihuahua in the northern Mexican state of the same name on October 2.
Witnesses told the newspaper Sin Embargo that the victim, identified as Areline Martinez, 20, was accidentally shot by two of her friends with a 45-calibre gun while filming the fake kidnapping video for TikTok.
The gun went off by mistake, according to the newspaper Infobae, and it is unclear why they were filming the video with a real gun with live ammunition, and whether it was licensed.
Cesar Augusto Peniche Espejel, the Chihuahua state attorney general, told local news site Proceso: "One of the hypothesis we are looking at is that they were tampering with a firearm thinking that it was not loaded and accidentally shot the woman."
The young victim’s friends fled the scene and Martinez was found dead on the ground and still tied up. It is believed that one of the 10 people who were present at the time called police to report what had happened.
The state public prosecutor’s office has confirmed that the incident is under investigation and that the two suspected shooters have been identified.
It is unclear if they are under arrest yet.
A spokesperson for the Chihuahua prosecutor’s office confirmed that the victim’s hands and feet were tied and that she was killed by friends while filming the TikTok video.
Local media shared a video clip of the moments leading up to the young woman’s death showing the group playing out the kidnapping scenario.
Martinez, a mother of one, is seen sitting next to a man who is also pretending to be a victim while their other pals hold weapons and play the part of a criminal gang.
The last thing she wrote on social media earlier the same day was: "Time does not stop and neither do I."
The investigation continues.
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