A BRITISH businessman has been shot dead in an execution style killing in Mexico – in front of his terrified teenage daughter.
Chris Cleave, 54, was driving through Cancun when he was ambushed by two men who opened fire at the popular tourist resort.
The property mogul was killed instantly after a bullet hit him in the head, and his daughter, 14, was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Cops confirmed that Cleave and his daughter had been traveling on the main federal highway in Plawy Del Carmen.
Police later arrested the two killers after the fled the scene on motorbikes after the horror slaying.
Mr Cleave who is originally from Truro, Cornwall, had lived in Mexico for more than a decade after moving there in 2014.
It is understood that there is no suggestion Mr. Clarke was involved in drugs, but officers have launched a probe into why he was subjected to the execution-style killing.
A police source told the MailOnline: “This was not a random shooting but a targeted attack. He was chosen to be murdered.”
Officers also believe that he was followed by the killers from his home, and was shot at 9.30am on Saturday after stopping in traffic.
He had celebrated his daughters 14thbirthday just three days before the contract style killing in his red Audi.
His devestated brother Nick paid tribute to Chris, saying: “RIP baby bro, love you so much.
“Let’s hope the b*****ds get theirs.”
Shocked friends of Cleave, who ran a property management company, expressed their grievance at his murder online.
Sue Steggles said: “So very sad to have lost you Chris Cleave you were one of the good guys and taken far too young.
“I will look back on our Saturday nights with fondness, you were a big part of our life for such a long time.”
Patrick Delage added: “My condolences to all his family and friends.
“People from around the world will celebrate his life. Thank you for being there for us in Playa.”
Cancun has always been a tourist hotspot for American’s on ‘Spring Break’, but has become increasingly popular wiht British tourists.
But violence has been spilling into the area, with rival gangs regularly targeting each other.
Gang members launched a violent shootout in November last year on a tourist beach, which saw two gangsters die.
Two weeks before that incident two tourists were caught in the crossfier of a gang battle in Tulum.
The German and American visitors were shot dead after being caught up in the violent incident.