New Jersey’s Logan Matthew Kelley arrested in Tijuana, Mexico, accused of killing Isis Atalia Montoya Romero

Logan Matthew Kelley, 26, was arrested in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico on the evening of February 10, 2021. He is accused of killing Isis Atalia Montoya Romero, 19.

Kelley is a citizen of the United States. He was born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA but was raised in Mountainside, Union County, New Jersey, USA.

A star basketball player at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, Union County, Kelley attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey. As a walk-on, he played three games as a freshman in the university but he was kicked off the team before the start of his sophomore season in 2014.

From Rutgers University, Kelley moved to Northeastern Colorado Junior College in Sterling, Logan County, Colorado, USA and spent one season there. After finishing his collegiate career at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Shelby County, Alabama, USA, he declared himself eligible for the 2017 National Basketball Association Draft but he was not picked after two rounds, according to El Imparcial.


While wearing a face mask, Kelley walked up behind Romero and sliced her neck with a clip-point blade, according to Tijuana police. He tried to run away but he was chased by a security guard.

Romero was pronounced dead at the scene. She was an employee at Adelita Bar in Zona Norte, the red-light district of Tijuana.

Security guards at Adelita Bar detained Kelley while waiting for police to arrive. The authorities recovered from the scene the weapon he used, which was a six-inch folding knife with an image of an assault rifle etched onto its handle.

“When a U.S. citizen is detained abroad, the State Department provides all appropriate consular assistance,” a State Department official told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “Due to privacy considerations, we do not have any information to share publicly at this time.”

It was the 223rd homicide in 2021 in Tijuana, according to the publication. Located on the Pacific coast of Baja California, it is the sixth largest city in Mexico.

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