A 20-year-old Mexican woman was accidentally shot dead while filming a TikTok video where she and 10 friends staged her kidnapping.
In the video, Areline Martínez appeared to be blindfolded with her hands and ankles bound at a small farm home in the Chihuahua neighborhood of Rigoberto Quiroz on Friday.
The mother-of-one was seen sitting next to a young man who played the role of a hostage when a second man second male playfully attacked the pair. A third man is then seen waving an automatic weapon at the pair.
The TikTok video then shows another man forcing the male ‘hostage’ onto his knees on the the dirt pavement while the gun is pointed at the back of his head. A short while later, Martínez is shot dead with a handgun.
All the people filming the staged abduction then fled the seen. The Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office said that one of the 10 people present the moment Martínez was shot called the police to report the incident.
‘One of the hypotheses is that they were tampering with a firearm thinking that it was not loaded [and] they shot the woman,’ said César Augusto Peniche, the Chihuahua state attorney general, according to Mexican news outlet Proceso.
‘If someone has a criminal responsibility, they will have to answer. There are several facts to investigate: the unfortunate death of the young woman and the origin of that weapon and how it came to their hands.’
A funeral service was held for Martínez on Monday, October 5th.