A creepy banner in a Mexican resort warned a 54-year-old British estate agent he would end up ‘in a body bag’

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A chilling note warned a British estate agent he would end up ‘in a body bag’ a year before he was shot dead in front of his teenage daughter in Mexico.

Chris Cleave, 54, was driving in the city of Cancun when he was ambushed and shot in the head by two men through the driver’s side window of the popular tourist resort.

Her 14-year-old daughter was unharmed but taken to hospital and treated for shock and minor injuries.

The pair have since been pictured and named Jose N, 30, and Lenin N, 18.

It comes as a man believed to be Mr Cleave and two other men were named in a so-called ‘narcomanta’ at an upmarket Playa del Carmen beach called Playacar – known for its residential villas top-of-the-range and its luxury golf club.

The narcomanta, a message on a fabric banner left by a drug cartel, was erected in the early hours of March 5 last year.

It was signed by Commander Cobra, who vowed to turn the luxury community into a ‘prison’ for ‘red Audi driver’ Mr Cleave and said he would end up in a ‘body bag’ if he didn’t’ did not close his mouth”. .

The message, appearing to misspell one of the men’s names referenced, read: ‘This is for you Filipp and Jack from Playacar, with Range Rover and Porsche cars and Bistro’s secret partners, Playacar.’

‘We’re coming for you and selling your shit. Also for you Cris, with the red Audi.

“Shut your mouth before you end up in a body bag. Playacar will be your prison because outside we are waiting for you.

He was taken away by local police after receiving a 999 call about it.

The killers opened fire through the driver’s side window, hitting the 54-year-old (pictured) in the head and killing him instantly

Mr Cleave and two others left an alarming narcomanta (pictured) - a threatening message left by a drugs cartel on a fabric banner

Mr Cleave and two others left an alarming narcomanta (pictured) – a threatening message left by a drugs cartel on a fabric banner

Police say Cleave and her daughter were on Playa del Carmen's main federal road in a red Audi (pictured) when the car was approached by two men

Police say Cleave and her daughter were on Playa del Carmen’s main federal road in a red Audi (pictured) when the car was approached by two men

The two killers were later captured by police as they fled on a motorbike

Police have released their photographs but have yet to give a motive for the murder

Police have named and photographed the two men who carried out the murder of businessman Chris Cleave in front of his teenage daughter.

Unconfirmed local reports indicate that the cartel behind the threats wanted to sell their drugs at a restaurant named Bistro Playacar, although there is no suggestion at this stage of the investigation that illegal activity took place. location.

Jose N and Lenin N have been arrested in connection with Mr Cleave’s death.

The murder weapon was also found after police chased the couple as they fled on motorbikes.

Cancun police say one of the men tried to flee after jumping off the motorbike and was caught hiding in the undergrowth while the other continued on the motorbike in an attempt to escape the police.

Police have released their photographs but have yet to give a motive for the murder.

Mr Cleave, originally from Truro, Cornwall, had lived in Mexico for over a decade.

He became a permanent resident in 2013 and worked as a realtor and property manager, according to police.

Mr Cleave’s older brother Nick, who runs a watersports business in Falmouth, Cornwall, said today The sun: ‘We still can’t believe what happened to Chris.

“We are all just trying to come to terms with his death and all we want to do now is bring the family together so we can protect our elderly mother.

“The family will not be making any further statements at this time and we would like to be able to grieve in private.”

The state of Quintana Roo, which includes the resort town of Cancun, has been at the center of growing violence among drug cartels as they fight for control.

There is no indication that Cleave was involved in drugs, but the police are investigating why he was the subject of an execution-style murder.

A police source said: ‘It was not a random shooting but a targeted attack. He was chosen to be assassinated.

Shocked friends of Cleave, pictured, who ran a property management company, expressed their grief over his murder on his Facebook page

Shocked friends of Cleave, pictured, who ran a property management company, expressed their grief over his murder on his Facebook page

There is no suggestion Cleave (pictured) was involved in drugs, but police are investigating why he was the subject of an execution-style murder

There is no suggestion Cleave (pictured) was involved in drugs, but police are investigating why he was the subject of an execution-style murder

Local prosecutors have confirmed that two arrests have been made for the murder. There is no suggestion at this point that any illegal activity is taking place at the restaurant mentioned in the post.

A spokesman for the Public Ministry of Quintana Roo said: “We can confirm the arrest of two men who were probably involved in the incident that took place on Saturday morning in which a foreigner living in the area lost his life”.

“The weapon that was used has been recovered.”

It is believed he was followed as he left his home before being murdered as he stopped in traffic.

Police say Cleave and her daughter were on Playa del Carmen’s main federal road in a red Audi when the car was approached by two men on motorcycles while it was stopped in traffic.

Witnesses said the men opened fire through the open window, killing Cleave instantly.

Her daughter was taken to the local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries. Local police said none of his injuries were life-threatening.

The shooting took place at 9.30am on Saturday and police believe the killers were following Cleave as he left his home.

When his car stopped in traffic, they jumped up and opened fire.

The killers fled but were chased along the main federal highway by police and arrested.

On his Facebook page, Cleave said he graduated from Penair High School in 1986.

Shocked friends of Cleave, who ran a property management company, expressed their grief over his murder on his Facebook page.

Sue Steggles wrote: ‘So sad to have lost you Chris Cleave, you were one of the good guys and taken way too young.

“I will look back on our Saturday nights with fondness, you were a big part of our life for so long.”

Posting photos from a fishing trip they shared, John Archer wrote: ‘RIP this is the saddest news I have ever heard in my life.

“You will always be remembered as an amazing person with many friends who looked up to you and loved you.”

Four days before he was murdered, Cleave had posted photos on his Facebook page celebrating his daughter’s 14th birthday.

The city of Cancun has long been a favorite of American spring breakers, but is also increasingly popular with British tourists.

But in the past year, violence among drug cartels has spiraled out of control

In November 2021, a shootout between rival gangs resulted in the deaths of two gangsters at a tourist beach in Cancún.

Two weeks earlier, an American and German tourist had been caught in the crossfire of a gang battle in Tulum and shot dead.

According to the Mexican Public Security Service, between January and September 2021, the murder rate increased by 80% compared to the same period of the previous year.

In response to the violence, the Mexican government announced that the National Guard would deploy 1,500 troops to protect tourist areas in Quintana Roo as part of the new Tourist Security Battalion.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the recent violence in the region could not be repeated while declaring that the new battalion’s presence would be permanent and that its role would focus on intelligence work.

On his Facebook page, Cleave, pictured, said he graduated from Penair Secondary School in 1986

On his Facebook page, Cleave, pictured, said he graduated from Penair Secondary School in 1986

Last month, two men were shot dead and a third injured at a popular tourist restaurant in the area.

A group of gunmen opened fire in an attack at the Art Beach restaurant at the entrance to the hotel zone in the Riviera Maya resort town of Tulum, a 50-minute drive south of Playa del Carmen, where Leonardo DiCaprio, Demi Moore and Sting vacationed.

Survivors dining at the upscale restaurant, which mixes food with live music, said they heard at least 20 gunshots.

The incident came less than a month after two Canadians were shot dead and a third was injured at a hotel in Playa del Carmen, south of Cancun on the same coast.

The victims of the Jan. 21 shooting at the luxury Xcaret Hotel in Playa del Carmen were part of a group of 10 tourists who had traveled to Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula to vacation at the five-star property.

Local prosecutors later identified the two slain 34-year-olds as convicted felons in Canada and said they believed debts stemming from criminal activities they were involved in were likely behind the attack against them.

They were named Robert James Dinh and Thomas Cheruka.

Two people, including a Mexican hitman initially hired to kill the victims, were arrested.

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