SAN DIEGO -- The bodies of four young people who reportedly crossed the border to party have been found strangled, beaten and stabbed to death in Tijuana. The bodies of two men and two women were found early Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Tijuana State Attorney's Office.

Their deaths were not reported earlier because they were under investigation, according to Fermin Gomez, an assistant state prosecutor in Baja California. Tijuana authorities have identified the victims as Brianna Hernandez Aguilera, 19; Carmen Jimenez Ramos Chavez, 20; Oscar Jorge Garcia Cota, 23; and Luis Antonio Games, Jr., 21. Hernandez and Ramos were graduates of Chula Vista High School. Cota attended Southwest High School, and Games Jr. is a Mexican national.

The bodies showed signs of torture and were wrapped in blankets, according to Tijuana authorities. Three of the victims had been strangled, and one had suffered head wounds, said a source in the Attorney General's Office. All four were covered with blankets inside a 1995 burgundy van with California license plates in a residential community known as Fraccionamiento Valle Dorado in eastern Tijuana. The women had been reported missing by their parents, said Arsenault, the Chula Vista lieutenant.

The group reportedly traveled to Tijuana to party in the popular tourist destination Avenida Revolucion. Authorities are said to be investigating whether the killings could be connected to a relationship between one of the victims and someone serving prison time in the U.S. on drug charges. Relatives of one of the victims told Chula Vista police that they knew drug traffickers, and that one of the women had cocaine in her system. Those reports were under investigation.

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