MEXICO CITY — An American shot dead in a Mexican beach resort has been identified as an official from a Southern California city.

The city of Imperial Beach says in a statement that its Administrative Services Director Doug Bradley was killed Thursday while vacationing in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. The township includes the neighboring resort of Ixtapa. The death came the day before Bradley’s 50th birthday

Guerrero state security officials had reported Bradley’s death Friday without identifying him.

The city’s statement said Bradley lived in Mexico and commuted to Imperial Beach. An avid surfer, he had travelled much of the Mexican coast.

The city is working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to repatriate Bradley’s body.

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