But on Saturday, Mirutenko was shot by a stray bullet as they were leaving a restaurant in the upscale neighborhood of Lomas de Chapultepec.
Instead, the trip ended in tragedy after Mirutenko was killed early Saturday morning in an apparent drive-by shooting in Lomas de Chapultepec, a wealthy neighborhood in the Mexican capital better known for its mix of colonial and modern-style mansions than for violence.
The city prosecutor's office believe the men meant to target a bouncer working at a bar in the area when Ms Mirutenko was struck in the head by a bullet.
The last post Mirutenko made on Instagram was on July 1- two photos from her wedding day, including a black and white of her and her husband kissing with the caption: "year 1", with a simple heart emoji to punctuate the post.
"A year ago, we were selecting flowers for the wedding", said Wasyl Mirutenko, the dead woman's father, in an interview with ABC.
Mirutenko, a Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, native, attended Clemson University, where she played Division I volleyball, and she worked for a San Francisco-based biopharmaceutical company. "We extend our honest condolences to friends and family members of the deceased", the bureau said in a statement.
The tragic 27-year-old and Hoover, who are from San Francisco, were celebrating their first wedding anniversary together and traveling with three other couples. The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs confirmed the death and released the victim's name, Tatiana Mirutenko, in a statement.
"She would give 200 percent", Natalie Mirutenko told the news station. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is providing all appropriate consular services to her family. "I'd give my life if she could just come back". It was heartbreaking to all of us in the Sports Performance family. The government also warns tourists to "exercise increased caution" when visiting Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Mexico City. Her coworkers said she was a "bright" and "passionate rising star" with an "incredibly strong work ethic". "She will be missed by all of those who had the pleasure to know her", the club's directors Rick and Cheryl Butler said.
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