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Yacatecuhtli


Jan 3, 2012, 8:29 PM

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A B.C. man from Salt Spring Island has been shot and killed in Mexico during an apparent home invasion.
Robin Wood, whose age has been reported as either 67 or 68, confronted two robbers Monday night inside a home in the Mexican resort town of Melaque on the Pacific coast. One of them was armed with a pistol, according to reports.
He was shot in the chest when they demanded money and computers, media reports say.


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sparks


Jan 4, 2012, 4:20 AM

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Yep .... sad day in Melaque

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CanuckBob


Jan 4, 2012, 7:55 AM

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This is a very tragic event. It is big news up in Canada today. Another serious blow to the Mexican tourism industry.

Bob
Inside Lakeside
http://www.insidelakeside.com



Brian

Jan 4, 2012, 12:15 PM

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The police spokesperson told CBC News that robberies and associated murders are common in the area. Nevertheless, murders in tourist areas are still rare and it was pointed out that this crime occurred in a residential neighborhood...for whatever that is worth.

http://www.cbc.ca/...bc-mexico-death.html


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sparks


Jan 4, 2012, 1:42 PM

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The "common in this area" was probably a mis-quote. Nobody here seems to know the original source

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Brian

Jan 4, 2012, 1:55 PM

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The "common in this area" was probably a mis-quote. Nobody here seems to know the original source


The source was the director of police Ruben Hernandez Bonilla.

http://www.cbc.ca/...bc-mexico-death.html



bournemouth

Jan 4, 2012, 3:02 PM

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I'm with Sparks here and suspect that language is a factor in the quote.



CanuckBob


Jan 4, 2012, 4:34 PM

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This event was the topic of discussion on two radio talk shows in Vancouver today. One talk show had the author of "Moving to Mexico" who lives PT in Bucerias and the other talk show had an acquaintance of the fellow killed in Melaque. Both talk show hosts pointed out that the events in Mexico tend to get sensationalized here in Canada and agreed that this sort of tragic event can and does happen right here in Vancouver.

Bob
Inside Lakeside
http://www.insidelakeside.com



Brian

Jan 4, 2012, 4:58 PM

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I have never seen much value in comparing crime rates in different countries. I do, however, have over 35 years experience as either a frequent traveller to, or full time resident of, Mexico. I can honestly say that I was never aware of so many foreigners murdered or otherwise victims of violent crimes in the aggregate as in the past two years. This includes areas in which gringos tend to reside such as Baja California, San Miguel de Allende and Lakeside. Foreigners always seemed to be off-limits for whatever reason. Similarly, women and children were rarely victims of violent crimes but, sadly, that is no longer the case either.



sparks


Jan 4, 2012, 5:37 PM

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Other articles said robberies and murders are common but attacks against foriegn tourists are rare

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sparks


Jan 4, 2012, 5:45 PM

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The source was the director of police Ruben Hernandez Bonilla.


Ruben is a cop and probably the only one in the offce that spoke English. The Director of Public Safety in Cihuatlan is Matias Jimenez Villarreal.

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RickS


Jan 4, 2012, 6:31 PM

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Looks like Ruben got a promotion while no one was looking.....



Brian

Jan 5, 2012, 5:48 AM

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Looks like Ruben got a promotion while no one was looking.....


"All I know is what I read in the newspapers"

Will Rogers



Yacatecuhtli


Jan 6, 2012, 7:33 AM

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This event was the topic of discussion on two radio talk shows in Vancouver today.



I am curious, are they talking about this one on the radio today ?

http://www.mexconnect.com/cgi-bin/forums/gforum.cgi?post=173109;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread



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CanuckBob


Jan 6, 2012, 8:29 AM

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They were talking about the events in Melaque. On one show they had a fellow from Bucerias who wrote (or has a web-site) "Living in Mexico" discussing what transpired in Melaque and his thoughts on the dangers of Mexico. On the second show they had an acquaintance of the fellow from Salt Spring discussing the fellow himself and the fact that many Salt Spring residents winter in Melaque and may be changing their plans if it isn't too late.

Bob
Inside Lakeside
http://www.insidelakeside.com



CanuckBob


Jan 6, 2012, 8:33 AM

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The other incident you are referring to broke in Vancouver this morning, in the papers and on the radio. Just when you thought the bad "headline grabbing" press about Mexico couldn't get any worse..........

Bob
Inside Lakeside
http://www.insidelakeside.com



Brian

Jan 6, 2012, 9:19 AM

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And that the resort town, Huatulco, is now being referred to as a "dangerous place" in the Canadian newspaper article. Is this an example of what some call "sensationalized news" in the American and Canadian press? As the statistics mount about foreigners murdered in Mexico, will the reporting of such ever be deemed responsible rather than sensational?

http://www.milenio.com/...24d2bab7ec1f73bd5168


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CanuckBob


Jan 6, 2012, 9:40 AM

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The reference to "sensational" is more in regards to the fact the incidents in Mexico always make the headlines yet incidents in other countries and/or domestic events don't seem to garner the same press. As an example some Canadians were also killed in Jamaica recently yet it has hardly made the news. http://www.ctv.ca/...d-in-jamaica-120105/ There has also been a rash of local shootings in Vancouver (5 over a two day period) that barely received the same press and there wasn't any "talk shows" about it. Now this could all be because Mexico is a top destination for Canadian travellers???

Bob
Inside Lakeside
http://www.insidelakeside.com



Brian

Jan 6, 2012, 9:58 AM

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With all due respect, I would hardly think that the deaths of victims in an automobile accident, as happened in Jamaica, however unfortunate, merit the same news coverage as those viciously murdered in Mexico. Comparisons are odious, particularly when they are used to mitigate or otherwise downplay a very serious series of events in a country those of us on Mexconnect all love. This is a tragic time in the history of Mexico and no desperate application of the "it happens in the USA too" red herring can change that fact.


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Yacatecuhtli


Jan 6, 2012, 10:07 AM

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Mexico always make the headlines yet incidents in other countries and/or domestic events don't seem to garner the same press. As an example some Canadians were also killed in Jamaica recently yet it has hardly made the news. http://www.ctv.ca/...d-in-jamaica-120105/


To me there is a big difference between being killed in a car accident and having your decomposing body found in a shallow grave (but maybe that's just me.)

The Toronto Man that was killed in Grenada at the hands of the local police got a great deal of press and continues to be followed up on at least in Toronto....

http://www.cbc.ca/...artholomew-bail.html

Perhaps one just notices Mexican news more than other countries because that's where ones interest is.....

It also seems that some people think that their precious blue passport (whether it be Canadian or American) will protect them from the evils (inseguridad) that general population in Mexico is currently experiencing.... This simply is not true. Are foreigners being targeted for crime, perhaps sometimes because they can be easy targets, are they exempt from crime because of their blue passports or immigration status, certainly not.....


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Just when you thought the bad "headline grabbing" press about Mexico couldn't get any worse..........

Believe me it can and will get a lot worse even President Calderon said so in a speech not too long ago


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(This post was edited by Yacatecuhtli on Jan 6, 2012, 10:11 AM)



CanuckBob


Jan 6, 2012, 12:31 PM

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While I agree they make not be suitable comparisons I can assure you that if a Canadian family was killed in a "Mexican" car crash it would be on the front page (similar to the hotel explosion that killed a few Canadians last year in Mexico). You also didn't acknowledge my other example of local, equally vicious, Canadian events not getting the same press.

I guess to summarize, you feel that Mexican events are given fair and equal press by the NOB media and I do not........

Bob
Inside Lakeside
http://www.insidelakeside.com



arbon

Jan 6, 2012, 3:18 PM

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The source was the director of police Ruben Hernandez Bonilla.


Ruben is a cop and probably the only one in the offce that spoke English. The Director of Public Safety in Cihuatlan is Matias Jimenez Villarreal.

¿Has there been any link to the Robin Wood killing in Melaque story in the Mexican press?
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Yacatecuhtli


Jan 6, 2012, 3:39 PM

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¿Has there been any link to the Robin Wood killing in Melaque story in the Mexican press?



here is a link from the Mexican press

Canadiense muere tras asalto en Jalisco
http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/820429.html



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CanuckBob


Jan 6, 2012, 4:55 PM

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To further validate my point you can view this nice little slide show that is on the MSN Canada website for would-be Canadian tourists........

http://news.ca.msn.com/...ans-killed-in-mexico

Bob
Inside Lakeside
http://www.insidelakeside.com


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Poncho32

Jan 8, 2012, 7:09 AM

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Looking over my maps I have found the town of Melaque in the past but unable to find it today?
I live here in Vallarta where is it in relation to here?



mazatman


Jan 8, 2012, 7:39 AM

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Melaque is about 2 km from Barra de Navidad, it's sometimes referred to as San Patricio/Melaque, it adjoins Villa Obregon.



Poncho32

Jan 8, 2012, 7:43 AM

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Thanks,I just new in all our travels around that I have seen where Melaque was at .



sparks


Jan 8, 2012, 9:10 AM

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Look south

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RickS


Jan 8, 2012, 9:37 AM

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Melaque is located about 50 miles up the coast from Manzanillo......