Two tourists have been killed in various brutal attacks, including machete shootings, at a top holiday hotspot
In less than a week, two tourists were killed in separate brutal attacks in a popular holiday resort.
Travelers in Mexico’s Oaxaca state are on high alert after a spate of shock killings earlier in the summer season.
After another globetrotter was found dead this week, authorities are scrambling to stem the worrying rise in tourist attacks.
A Canadian national was shot dead in a car in the laid-back beach town of Puerto Escondido, authorities announced yesterday.
The victim – identified by local media as Victor Masson, 27 – was spotted Monday in the area popular with surfers.
Investigators launched an investigation into the man’s death but did not provide any leads as to the motive for the murder.
Vacationers were urged to remain vigilant as this was the second killing in Oaxaca in less than a week.
Argentinian tourist Benjamin Gamond was brutally attacked with a machete on May 12 in the nearby coastal area of Chacahua.
He was rushed to a Mexico City hospital with serious injuries before tragically passing away on Monday, prosecutors said.
Officials said the suspect, who wielded the machete and is also accused of assaulting two other surviving Argentine tourists, is being held on suspicion of murder.
Benjamin’s relative claimed in a social media post that he died “a hero” during a fight, Reuters reported.
Oaxaca has been rocked by the recent killing spree as its crime rate is significantly lower than most states in Mexico.
But tourism across the country is expected to take a nosedive amid a string of suspicious deaths.
In April, eight bodies were mysteriously found in a wooded area and at an abandoned construction site in Cancun.
Drug cartels often dump a number of bodies in secret locations to dispose of evidence. However, such grisly finds are rarely seen in the Caribbean resort.
Michael Alcazar, a former NYPD detective, suggested that people considering a trip to Mexico should reconsider their plans.
He warned: “Right now it seems to be the most dangerous time.” [ever] travel to Mexico.
“The Mexican government has no control over what happens to the cartels. The cartels seem to be in turmoil.”
The high-profile case of US tourist Shanquella Robinson, 25, who mysteriously died while on vacation with friends in October last year, has also worried travelers.
The owner of a hair braiding shop and online fashion boutique has died in a luxury mansion in Cabo San Lucas.
According to an autopsy performed by Mexican authorities, she suffered a head injury and died from a broken neck.
A disturbing video surfaced that allegedly shows one of Shanquella’s friends beating her just before her body was found.
Investigations in Mexico determined that one of Shanquella’s traveling companions was the attacker in the on-camera incident that killed the tourist.
Shanquella’s family and legal team, including attorney Sue-Ann Robinson, hoped the United States would pursue the case and extradite the suspect to Mexico.
But in April 2023, it was announced that the FBI’s North Carolina office, where Shanquella was from, declined to press charges against the alleged perpetrator in the woman’s death.
Meanwhile, US authorities conducted their autopsy after Shanquella’s body was embalmed – which attorney Robinson said marred the investigation.