Four members of the same family were murdered during a birthday party in Trujillo, Peru, a northeastern city set to welcome the pope in January, police said Friday, reports AFP.
The victims—three women and a man—were celebrating Tomasa Robles’ birthday in the garage of a house in Peru’s third most populated city, located 310 miles (500 kilometers) north of the capital Lima, when they were shot dead.
Robles, 42, was one of the victims, according to authorities.
Police are investigating the murders in relation to the shooting of another man in the same neighborhood. Bullet casings from both crime scenes were recovered and taken to a laboratory for comparison.
Trujillo is considered a violent city due to drug trafficking activity. It is one of three areas the pope will visit during his visit to Peru from January 18 to 21.