Nevada County native murdered while living in Mexico |

Nevada County native murdered while living in Mexico

Gordon Strom's family said he was an active environmentalist and a community activist who worked to better his community in Teocelo, Mexico.
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Gordon Strom, a 58-year-old Nevada County native, was living in Teocelo, Mexico, when he was brutally murdered inside his home on May 4.

Storm was found tied up in his house. His body was beaten and he had bullet wounds, reports state.

Dozens marched in the Teocelo streets Sunday morning in memory of Strom, who was well-loved by many in the town, and known for his initiatives for community improvement and environmental activism according to his family.

The family said Strom taught some Teocelo residents to recycle bottles and showed them how to make homemade filters to purify water, among other initiatives.

Those who attended the march, led by Strom’s wife, Yvette, called for peace in the town of Teocelo. They placed candles and flowers in the center of the town, next to a mural Strom helped create.

An investigation is ongoing, though family members said it does seem politically motivated, because Strom was very active in the Teocelo community.

Strom lived at the Ananda Village in Nevada County before moving to Mexico in 2001. He had been a handyman who operated his own business, Handyman with a Heart, before he retired. Strom and Yvette worked together to raise money for children in Mexico in need of medical procedures.

Strom’s family is raising money through a crowdsourcing site at for his funeral costs, and to help Yvette return home to the U.S.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email or call 530-477-4231.

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