Saturday, November 18, 2017

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Tourist killed by falling masonry in famous Florence church
Death of Spaniard struck in Basilica di Santa Croce raises questions about state of Italy’s ageing and fragile monuments
Associated Press in Milan
Thursday 19 October 2017
Authorities are checking the stability of Basilica di Santa Croce, which is expected to remain closed to visitors indefinitely. Photograph: Maurizio Degl Innocenti/EPA
A 52-year-old tourist from Spain has been killed by falling masonry in one of Florence’s most famous churches, the Basilica di Santa Croce.
The fatal accident at the church where Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli are buried raised questions about the state of Italy’s many ageing and fragile monuments.
The country’s culture minister, Dario Franceschini, speaking from New York, said prosecutors would conduct an investigation to determine whether faulty maintenance was to blame.
The victim was struck by a piece of decorative stone that fell from a height of 20 metres (66ft) as he visited the church with his wife. According to Italian media reports, the fragment was about 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in).
The 15th-century basilica, which has a famed neo-gothic facade, has been undergoing years of maintenance in collaboration with Italy’s civil protection agency, Irena Sanesi, the head of the organisation that manages the church, told the Italian news agency Ansa.
“We are really astonished at what has happened, and we ask ourselves how it could happen,” she said.
Authorities were checking the stability of the church, which is expected to remain closed to visitors indefinitely.
Other deadly incidents involving Italian monuments include the 1989 collapse of a 14th-century bell tower in the northern city of Pavia, in which four people died. The cause of the accident has never been determined.
A toddler and a 30-year-old were seriously injured in July when plaster fell from the ceiling of the Acireale Cathedral in Sicily during a wedding.
In October 2012, a cornice fell from the wall of the royal palace of Casertanear Naples causing part of the roof to cave in just a few feet from tourists. No one was injured.
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Mexico drug cartel violence hits tourist hotspots of Cancun and Los Cabos
By Andrew O'Reilly,  Fox News
August 11th, 2017
In January, a lone gunman entered the trendy Blue Parrot nightclub in the upscale Mexican resort town of Playa del Carmen and opened fire. Chaos ensued as the crowd scrambled for cover as the gunman traded shots with another man inside the club and security working the annual BPM music festival tried to suppress the melee.
When the bullets stopped flying in what is believed to be a drug cartel-related gunfight, five people were dead – including a Canadian bodyguard caught in the crossfire and an American teenager who was trampled to death as panicked partiers fled the club.
On Sunday, sunbathing tourists were forced to take cover on the white sand beaches of Los Cabos – a popular getaway at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula – as gunmen unloaded and left three people dead.
These two incidents bookended a bloody eight months for the resort towns of both of Mexico’s coast, heightening concerns that the country’s ongoing drug war could leave more tourists dead and threaten Mexico’s multibillion dollar tourism industry.
“We’re in a period of disequilibrium and it will take some time to get back to equilibrium,” Christopher Wilson, the deputy director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told Fox News.
In Quintana Roo, the Mexican state that is home to both Cancún and Playa del Carmen, the government has recorded 134 homicides this year, which is nearly equal to the 165 the state saw in the entirety of 2016. The Benito Juárez municipality, which includes Cancún, has already surpassed last year’s homicide total of 89 when it ended June with 95 murders and in nearby Solidaridad has registered 21 slaying through June, closing in on last year’s total of 26. In Los Cabos, homicides in the famed beach area are up 400 percent this year.
The U.S State Department, which last updated its Travel Warning for Mexico last December, cautioned travelers of the dangers of travel in Baja California, but so far has no advisory for Quintana Roo.
Mexico’s drug war, which began in earnest in 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderón declared an all-out military offensive on the country’s narcrotraffickers, has left at least 200,000 dead. While current President Enrique Peña Nieto came into office in 2012 at time when violence was on the decline, the bloodshed continues and in June the country saw a record number of killings with the 2,566 homicides victims being the most in a month since the Mexican government started releasing that data in 2014.
The skyrocketing demand for heroin in the United States due to the opioid crisis – cartels are believed to make somewhere better $19 and $29 billion annually from the U.S. drug market – and the splintering of major drug trafficking organizations following the arrests or deaths of their leaders are believed to be the main factors for the spike in violence in places like Cancún and Los Cabos.
The arrest and extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the United States has created a massive power struggle within the Sinaloa Cartel, once the country’s largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization, and is believed to be the main cause of violence along Mexico’s Pacific coast. Disparate factions of the Sinaloa Cartel, along the rising Cartel Jalisco Nuevo Generación, are also known to be active in Quintana Roo.
“The overall rise in violence in Mexico is due to the extradition of “Chapo” Guzmán,” Wilson said. “Simply because of internal criminal group dynamics there is a natural waxing and waning of violence. The one constant is that there is no governmental structure to respond effectively and until that is implemented these types of flare-ups will continue to happen.”
Mexico’s tourism officials are undeniably concerned with the spike in killings and the accompanying bad press. Tourism is the fourth largest source of foreign exchange for Mexico, with visitors doling out an estimated $20 billion a year to visit the country’s beaches, clubs and famed archeological ruins.
Drug war violence has already turned one of the country’s preeminent tourist hotspots, Acapulco, into one of the country’s most dangerous cities with dead bodies being hung from bridges, human heads being left in coolers outside city hall and shootouts occurring at posh hotels.
At least in regards to Cancún and other Caribbean resort towns, however, both Mexican officials and outside experts attest that while violent crime may be on the rise there is little chance of it reaching the endemic levels seen in Acapulco and other towns along the country’s Pacific Coast – home to the traditional trafficking routes used by the cartels.
"Tourist security has been a constant priority for the authorities," Daniel Flota Ocampo, director of Riviera Maya Tourist Promotion, told USA Today, adding that the violence is between "criminal groups settling scores among themselves" and that authorities are taking action against them. He also noted that the majority of the violence has occurred far from the all-inclusive resorts frequented by tourists.
For now, it appears that the violence has not deterred tourists from vacationing along Mexico’s coasts. Occupancy rates at hotels in Cancún are at 90 percent and 74 percent in Los Cabos.
Mexico also saw a record 35 million international travelers visit the country last year - a 9 percent jump compared to 2015. The Mexico Tourism Board aims to reach 50 million international visitors by 2021.
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Cancun crime wave threatens tourist mecca
David Agren, Special for USA TODAY
Published Aug. 2, 2017 | Updated Aug. 3, 2017

Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this article did not make clear that Chicago leads the nation in total homicides this year.
Teresa Carmona, an anti-crime activist in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo: David Agren)
CANCUN, Mexico — Anti-crime activist Teresa Carmona hangs embroidered sheets in a park with details of those killed in this tourist mecca. She started with eight sheets two years ago. Now she hangs up to 80 every Sunday and has 70 more stored at home.
"Most cases are not even investigated and go unpunished" because of indifference by authorities and residents, she said.
Violent crime is encroaching on this Riviera Maya tourist hot spot, as well as nearby Playa del Carmen and Tulum, jeopardizing a $20 billion a year business that attracts millions of visitors lured by the white sand beaches, archaeological ruins and pulsing nightlife.
Although the crime wave so far is mostly limited to areas outside the resorts where tourists stay, Cancun shows signs of following the ill-fated path of Acapulco. That city was once the granddaddy of Mexican tourist destinations, but now is one of country’s deadliest areas and no longer a mecca for international travelers.
Crime and violence between rival drug gangs has surged throughout Mexico, creeping into other popular destinations, such as Los Cabos on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Homicides there are up 400% so far this year, underscored by the discovery of 14 bodies in a mass grave in June.
The spike in violence comes as Mexico welcomed a record 35 million foreign visitors in 2016, up nearly 9% from the previous year, according to the Tourism Secretariat.
Tourism officials acknowledge the problems plaguing tourist towns: low wages, inadequate housing for workers and increased crime, problems that recently prompted the Tourism Secretariat to announce plans to improve housing for tourism workers.
“A life like that creates the perfect situation so that many people turn to crime,” Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid told Televisa. “We don’t just work to attract foreign tourists … but above all to improve local people’s quality of life.”
Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located, recorded 133 murders in the first six months of 2017, more than double the total for all of last year.
In comparison, Chicago has recorded more than 400 homicides through July, the most of any U.S. city this year. 
The violence in Cancun reflects a broader problem for Mexico, which is on pace this year for the most murders since 1997. The country listed 13,726 homicides between January and June, a 33% surge over the same period in 2016.
Mexico declared war on drug cartels and organized crime a decade ago, a conflict that claimed more than 200,000 lives and shows few signs of slowing up.
Security analysts pin the spiraling violence on fights over heroin production, which cartels have turned to as several U.S. states loosen their marijuana laws. Plus, when a cartel kingpin is killed or captured — such as Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — fights for territory erupt and smaller criminal groups emerge to carry out kidnappings and extortion.
Five criminal groups operate in Quintana Roo, including the Sinaloa Cartel and the upstart Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to a state report.
"Tourist security has been a constant priority for the authorities," said Daniel Flota Ocampo, director of Riviera Maya Tourist Promotion. He described the violence as "criminal groups settling scores among themselves" and said authorities are taking action against them.
"No tourists have been impacted," he said, adding that the region's occupancy rate is 90%. 
Some local tourism workers object to suggestions that the state is unsafe for visitors. “People don’t talk about Florida and all the crazy stuff happening there, but they focus on Mexico when one or two things happen and it has nothing to do with tourism,” said Martha Mendez, who sells day trips for tourists to places such as the Maya ruins Chichén Itzá.
“If you’re not in that (criminal) circle, you’re fine,” she said.
Still, three men were gunned down in the Cancún hotel zone last November and the prosecutor’s office in the city was shot up a few months later. Five security guards died at an electronic music festival in Playa del Carmen in January, and a July shootout in a nightclub on the city's famed Fifth Avenue injured three. Gunmen shot a police commander outside his home in late July.
A June survey by state statistics institute INEGI found 79% of Cancún residents call the city “insecure,” up nearly six percentage points from December.
Tourists tend to stick to Cancún’s isolated all-inclusive resorts, minimizing the risk of encountering violence.
“It’s fine here. We’ve been taking the bus everywhere,” said George Marquez, a sign shop employee from San Antonio. “I wouldn’t say that about the (U.S.-Mexico) border region.”
Tourist walks along the beach in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico on March 28, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Slim, AFP/Getty Images)
“There are gangs everywhere. You have to be smart,” said DeJuan Muschamp, a bank employee from Belize. "I’ve had no issues. I didn’t get sick drinking the liquor,” he added, referring to a USA TODAY Network report about tourists falling ill after drinking what they believe to be adulterated liquor in Cancún clubs and resorts.
Local residents, meanwhile, live in shabby barrios that tourists seldom see.
“Everyone says we live in paradise. But there’s a heaven and hell here. Hell is the colonias” where people live, said Ildefonso Pool, an Uber driver and 37-year resident of Cancún. “This city brings in more money than any other in the country, and people live in a garbage dump.”
Cancún, with a current population 725,000, was a sparsely populated fishing outpost prior to 1970, when the Mexican government started construction to turn this part of the Yucatan Peninsula into a resort and tourism locale. Tourism was always the focus, never accommodating the hoards of impoverished workers arriving. 
“Every mayor here talks as if they are the tourism secretary … and doesn’t plan for residents so that they can live with a little dignity,” said Celina Izquierdo, of the Social and Gender Violence Observatory, which monitors security issues. “Cancún never planned for growth or social development. It planned for tourism development."
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U.S. State Department warns tourists about tainted alcohol at Mexico resorts after blackouts reported
Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published July 26, 2017 | Updated Nov. 10, 2017
The U.S. State Department is alerting travelers to Mexico about possible tainted or counterfeit alcohol that could cause sickness and blacking out.
The department on Wednesday updated its information page specific to Mexico under Safety and Security, cautioning vacationers who choose to drink alcohol to “do so in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill.”
“The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of our highest priorities,” a department official said in an email to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The updated warning comes in the wake of a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation surrounding a Wisconsin woman’s death that raised questions about drinks being served in all-inclusive resorts in Mexico.
Following the initial report, the Journal Sentinel has received accounts from more than three dozen people reporting similar experiences after drinking limited amounts of alcohol at such resorts.
“Following these reports and in consultation with our Posts in Mexico, we updated our Country Specific Information for Mexico to provide updated safety information regarding potentially tainted alcohol,” the department official said in the email.
The blackouts have happened to men and women, young and old, to singles and to couples, according to interviews with travelers and family members whose loved ones died or were injured at the resorts, as well as hospital records, ambulance receipts, hotel correspondence and other documents.
Abbey Conner, a 20-year-old from Pewaukee, died in January after being pulled listless from a pool at the Paraiso del Mar, part of a cluster of Iberostar resorts near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. She was brain dead, and a few days later was flown to Florida, where she was taken off life support.
Her brother, 22-year-old Austin, also reported blacking out. He had a lump on his forehead and a severe concussion. The two had arrived with their mother and step-father at the resort just hours earlier and had been drinking at a swim-up bar.
Numerous others told the Journal Sentinel of similar experiences, with several couples reporting blacking out at the same time. A woman from Neenah reported being sexually assaulted, while her husband woke with a broken hand.
Blackout incidents have happened at Iberostar’s property in Cancun and at the company's cluster of resorts 30 miles to the south in Playa del Carmen. Incidents were also reported at other all-inclusive resorts in the region.
Often the vacationers reported they drank tequila, but in other cases it was rum, beer or another alcohol.
The new State Department travel alert cautions people to drink in moderation, but many told the Journal Sentinel they had only a drink or two before losing consciousness and waking up hours later — with no recollection of how they got back to their rooms or to the hospital, or how they were injured.
An attorney working for the Conner family recently visited the Paraiso del Mar pool area, where the Conners had been swimming, and noted in a report: “They serve alcoholic drinks with alcohol of bad quality and in great amounts, mixing different types of drinks."
A 2015 report from Mexico’s Tax Administration Service found that 43% of all the alcohol consumed in the nation is illegal, produced under unregulated circumstances resulting in potentially dangerous concoctions.
The national health authority in Mexico has seized more than 1.4 million gallons of adulterated alcohol since 2010 — not just from small local establishments, but from hotels and other entertainment areas, according to a 2017 report by the country's Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks.
The bootleg liquor could be infused with grain alcohol or dangerous concentrations of methanol, cheaper alternatives to producing ethanol, government reports warn.
In a statement last week, Spain-based Iberostar said the company adheres to strict regulatory standards and noted they "only purchase sealed bottles (of alcohol) that satisfy all standards required by the designated regulatory authorities."
In addition, a representative for the company said in an email to the Journal Sentinel that resort officials responded appropriately to the discovery of the Conner siblings in the pool.
"From the moment in which the guests were found, IBEROSTAR personnel acted with urgency, following established protocols," the email stated.
“We reiterate that we are deeply saddened by this incident and that we take this matter very seriously – our heart is with the family and has been from the moment the incident occurred several months ago."
Travelers also told the Journal Sentinel they faced difficulties getting help in Mexico, from reluctance by police to take reports to hospitals and clinics demanding cash payments — sometimes of amounts that seemed to involve gouging.
The State Department alert noted:
"U.S. citizens have lodged a large number of complaints about unethical business practices, prices, and collection measures against some of the private hospitals in Cancun, the Maya Riviera, and Cabo San Lucas. Travellers should make efforts to obtain complete information on billing, pricing, and proposed medical procedures before agreeing to any medical care in these locations."
The State Department also said U.S. citizens should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in Mexico.
“The Embassy stands ready to provide appropriate consular services to any U.S. citizens in need."
Raquel Rutledge is an investigative reporter. Her work has been recognized with numerous national awards, including a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for exposing rampant fraud in Wisconsin's child-care subsidy program. Contact Raquel by email at rrutledge@journalsentinel.com, or by phone at 414-224-2778. You can follow her on Twitter: @raquelrutledge.
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Is Mexico getting more dangerous for Canadian tourists?
Drug cartels and violent crime are rampant, but there are 'bubbles' of safety, expert says
By Nicole Ireland, CBC News
Posted: Jan 17, 2017
A man carries scuba tanks on the beach near the Blue Parrot nightclub, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Mexican authorities said they are investigating a deadly shooting at the club Monday that left a Canadian and four others dead. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)
The deaths of five people, including a Canadian man, in Monday's nightclub shooting in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, are tragic — but that doesn't mean it's more dangerous for people to travel to the popular resort area, security experts say.
"Chicago has had close to a 1,000 shootings in the last year," said Walter McKay, a former Vancouver police detective who is an expert on security issues in Mexico. "I still don't see a travel advisory on [a] Canadian website for Chicago."
Global Affairs Canada does not have a nationwide travel advisory in place for Mexico, but its website 
does advise Canadians against "non-essential travel" to several states in the northern and western parts of the country. Those areas are far from Playa del Carmen, Cancun and other beach vacation destinations on the Yucatan Peninsula in the east.
Global Affairs Canada advises against non-essential travel in the pink-shaded areas of Mexico. Exceptions within the advisory zones include the cities of Monterrey, Mazatlan, Hermosillo, Guaymas/San Carlos, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Taxco and Morelia. However, the Canadian government urges travellers to 'exercise a high degree of caution' throughout Mexico, even where no advisory is in place. (Natalie Holdway/CBC News)
Still, the Canadian government urges travellers anywhere in Mexico to "exercise a high degree of caution due to high levels of criminal activity, as well as demonstrations, protests and occasional illegal roadblocks throughout the country."
More than 1.9 million Canadians travel to Mexico every year, according to the Global Affairs website, and the "vast majority" do not have any safety problems.
Mexico as a whole is plagued with violence, largely drug-related, McKay said. But it's Mexicans themselves, not tourists, who are most often the victims.
The country tends to have "bubbles," he said, which are "safe" and "have lower homicide rates than many cities in Canada and especially the United States." Those places include Playa de Carmen and nearby Cancun, he said, as well as Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's west coast. 
Kirk Wilson, 49, from the Hamilton, Ont., area, was working security for the BPM Festival when he was killed in the shooting at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen, just south of Cancun, Mexico. (Neil Forester)
"You have these places — the [Mexican] government has [a] vested interest in keeping them safe," McKay said, "so it spends a lot of money in security forces to make sure tourists can fly in, spend their money and fly out."
But the key to maximizing safety, he said, is to stay within the resorts.
The danger for tourists in Mexico is "being in the wrong place in the wrong time — because if you stay within these bubbles, your chances of encountering a violent or unpleasant incident are the same or less than if you're at home, for the most part."
State Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech said the gunman fired directly at one of the Mexican victims at the Blue Parrot nightclub, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. A confused shootout ensued in which guards — it is not clear whether festival security personnel or the Mexican's bodyguards — returned fire.
Scott Stewart, vice-president of tactical analysis for Stratfor, a U.S.-based global security consulting firm, said the shooting was clearly targeted — likely related to organized crime factions — and the other victims were unfortunate "collateral damage."
Despite Monday's tragic shooting, Playa del Carmen has a lower murder rate than many cities in Canada and the U.S., says Walter McKay, an expert on security issues in Mexico and a former Vancouver police detective. (Walter McKay)
"There are a lot of issues down there in some of these clubs, especially if you have a club ... where there is a lot of dope flowing," Stewart said.
But he still wouldn't hesitate to advise his clients to travel to Mexico, Stewart said, although he recommends tourists don't go outside their resorts late at night and that they be aware of their surroundings.
He also notes he would give that same advice to people travelling to other popular sun destinations, including Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
For both of those countries, the Global Affairs Canada website tells Canadians to "exercise a high degree of caution" due to crime, but there are no national or regional advisories against non-essential travel.    
Neither Stewart nor McKay believe that Monday's shooting indicates an increased threat to tourists in Mexico, even though criminal activity continues to be rampant.
"[The drug cartels] are business entities," McKay said. "They're there to make money. And if they start shooting up and doing this all the time and all the tourists flee, well, what's the point of having the Playa del Carmen area under your control?"

With files from The Associated Press
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Timeline: Canadians killed in Mexico since 2006 (to 2010)
Vincent McDermott
November 16, 2010
According to Foreign Affairs Canada, 112 Canadians have been killed in accidents, murders, drownings or suicides since Mexico started an aggressive war against its various drug cartels in Feb. 2006. From that number, 15 Canadians were murdered or died in suspicious deaths.
Nov. 14, 2010:
An explosion at a Cancun resort kills five Canadians and two employees. Seventeen people were reported injured. Mexican authorities say that the explosion was caused by an accumulation of natural gas beneath the hotel, however a spokesperson from Mexico’s environment ministry said that this was unlikely.
Oct. 30, 2010:
Daniel Dion of Ottawa disappeared during a business trip on Oct. 22. Dissatisfied with the Canadian consulate and local police, Mr. Dion’s relatives decided to start their own search for Mr. Dion.
His family and found the 51-year-old’s body in the trunk of a car that had been torched near Acapulco
They had used the vehicle’s GPS to locate the sight. Mexican police confirmed that he had been kidnapped.
June 9, 2010:
Kenneth Klowak of Mansfield, Ont. was travelling near the Texas-Mexico border, when a gunman jumped onto the roof of the had just started his vacation when a gunman climbed onto the vehicle he was travelling in. When the driver refused to stop, the gunman fired into the vehicle, killing Mr. Klowak.
Sept. 17, 2009:
The body of Renee Wathelet of Montreal was discovered in her apartment near Cancun, after being stabbed repeatedly and having her throat cut
Neighbours called police after hearing screams and seeing a man carrying a bloody knife. He was later arrested.
May 15, 2008:
Vancouver-area resident Bouabal Bounthavorn, 29, died after three men appeared at his hotel room in Cabo San Lucas and shot him three times. His girlfriend was shot in the foot before the gunmen fled. Mexican authorities believe that the incident was a botched robbery. Two men have been charged.
Nov. 27, 2007:
Christopher Morin fell from a four story hotel balcony. Mexican authorities say they found traces of alcohol, cocaine and marijuana in the blood and that the 30-year-old Albertan had committed suicide. Friends who were travelling with Morin said that they saw nothing that would indicate Mr. Morin was suicidal, and that he had gotten into an argument at a bar earlier that evening.
May 6, 2007:
Jeff Toews, a 34-year-old Albertan, died after falling from a second storey balcony at a Cancun resort, after he returned from a night club. An autopsy confirmed that his injuries were consistent with that of a fall. However, his family believes that he was beaten, possibly by security guards at the resort.
Jan. 17, 2007
Glifford Glasier of Chatham, Ont. died of injuries that he suffered from a hit and run accident in Guadalajara, Mexico. The 67-year-old was on vacation with his wife, Janette Lerch, 54. She was seriously injured in the incident.
Jan. 8, 2007:
Adam DePrisco, a 19-year-old from Woodbridge, Ont., was killed outside an Acapulco nightclub. Local police say that Mr. DePrisco was the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Friends who were travelling with him say he was beaten and thrown out of a bar after dancing with a local girl’s girlfriend. Days later, Ontario coroners found evidence that DePrisco could have been hit with a car, not beaten to death.
Feb. 20, 2006:
Dominic and Nancy Ianiero of Woodbridge, Ont. were found dead in their hotel room. The couple, who had no gambling debts or any ties to organized crime, were in  Mexico for their daughter’s wedding. Mexican authorities originally suspected  two Thunder Bay women of the murders, but were later cleared.

A judge issued an arrest warrant for a hotel security guard in July, 2009.
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Mexico - Conflict and Disorder

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Illegal Aliens and a New American-Mexican Border

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