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Aspiring California pro fighter reportedly among 2 fatally shot at border crossing

April 5, 2011 |  7:18 am

PHOTO: San Ysidro Port of Entry

One of two men fatally shot in Tijuana early Monday as they waited to cross into San Diego at the San Ysidro Port of Entry was an aspiring mixed-martial arts fighter in Bakersfield.

Sergio Salcido Luna, 25, and Kevin Joel Romero, 28, were in the line of cars approaching the border crossing at 2:40 a.m. when they were shot with a 9-millimeter weapon, according to a news release by the Baja California attorney general’s office.

The truck the men were traveling in had California license plates, and one Mexican media outlet reported that they were U.S. citizens. But Baja California Atty. Gen. Rommel Moreno Manjarrez said at a news conference that he could not confirm the men's citizenship.

The U.S. consul general’s office in Tijuana has yet to release information on their citizenship.

Luna was a mixed-martial arts fighter who got his start at MMA in Bakersfield.

The website MMA Valor quoted friends as saying Luna moved to San Diego to pursue the sport and participated in several matches such as "Gladiator Challenge" and "Long Beach Fight Night."

Friend Evan Anthony told KSWB-TV in San Diego that he worked out with Luna. "He was a cage fighter who went by the name Sergio 'Suave' Salcido. He's a really tough fighter, old-school-type fighter; old school, brawler, hard nose, real tough guy," Anthony said.


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Photo: The scene at the San Ysidro border crossing Monday. Credit: KSWB-TV