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Murder in Melaque

Posted by Paul on January 7, 2012, 9:27 am

This was posted on a friend's facebook wall (he is mexican, and was married to a Canadian woman, his daughter is a Mexican-Canadian citizen) This was posted in response to media reaction to this unfortunate murder in Melaque.

Iíve been living in Melaque in the last 35 years of my life and the Scottish- Canadian citizen Robin Wood of 67 years old from Salt Spring Island B.C. Canada, was the first foreigner killed in a house invasion (burglary). It is unfortunate this has happened here and we are terribly saddened that this man has been killed. The average Mexican does not consider poverty an excuse to commit a crime. What's happening here is very disturbing to Mexican families as well as to tourists. The snowbird communities of Melaque and Barra are very much saddened by the death of Robin.
More than 250 Canadians have been slain abroad in the past seven years, documents obtained by the Toronto Star show with the majority occurring in the United States. Few days ago a Canadian model was killed in China and the media did not say anything. According to Statistics Canada, there are about 3000 Canadian deaths on the Canadians roads every year compared with 15 Canadians murdered in Mexico in the last 5 years (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade CBC). You can be robbed and mugged in any city and or town in Canada but let it happen in Mexico and it becomes huge news. Canadians have been coming to Mexico for years and have nothing but praise and admiration for the Mexican people. Mexicans are generally hard working and honest and we respect all the visitors. Americans and Canadians stay here for years without any incident. They have been treated well by the citizens of Melaque who are just trying to make a living and feed their families. We want you to feel very much at home here and enjoy the companionship and warmth of Mexicans who always welcome you each winter with hugs and good wishes.

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