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.
Tatiana Mirutenko was shot and killed outside of El Califa taco restaurant in the wealthy neighborhood of Lomas de Chapultepec in Mexico City on Saturday.
The city prosecutor's office believe the men meant to target a bouncer working at a bar in the area when Ms Mirutenko was struck in the head by a bullet.
She and her husband, James Hoover, were married at a church in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood and held their reception in Lincoln Park, her family said. "Today we were looking at flowers for the funeral", her father Wasyl Mirutenko told the station. Memories her family is holding onto dearly with a message for everyone: "When you get home tonight, give your loved ones a hug, kiss, and tell them how much you love them". Although she was vacationing in a nation being strafed by violence and murders, with more than 29,000 people killed in 2017, the capital of Mexico City is statistically safer than her hometown of Chicago.
"Out of respect for the family during this hard time, we have no further comment", the official said.
"She always went out of her way to make me feel special", Roma said. "I'd give my life if she could just come back", said Natalie Mirutenko.
The U.S. Department of State confirmed the American woman's death. They left for Mexico City July 3.
Mirutenko, an investor relations analyst with Nektar Therapeutics in San Francisco, was described as a "fiercely loyal friend" and "rising star".
"She was always willing to help on any project across the company and had an incredibly strong work ethic", Nektar Vice President Jennifer Ruddock said.
"Many throughout Nektar, and outside the company, valued her positive energy, insight and sheer enthusiasm for life", the company said in a statement.
In March, the State Department issued a travel advisory warning American travelers to "exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime". "She will be missed by all of those who had the pleasure to know her", the club's directors Rick and Cheryl Butler said.
Her body will be flown from Mexico back to Chicago, where she will be buried, on Tuesday.