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Second tourist killed in three days in southern Mexico

A Canadian man has been shot to death in Puerto Escondido, a beach town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, prosecutors said Tuesday. He was the second foreign tourist killed in the southern state of Oaxaca in less than a week.

Oaxaca state prosecutors said Tuesday that a Canadian man was found dead in a car shot Monday in a Puerto Escondido neighborhood with few tourists.

Prosecutors have not provided a possible motive for the killing. The deceased has been identified as Victor Mason, 27, but no information was available on his hometown.

The killing comes three days after an Argentine man was seriously injured in a knife attack in another coastal city of Oaxaca.

Prosecutors said Monday that the Argentine tourist – whose name has not been released – died from his injuries at a Mexico City hospital.

He was among a group of three Argentines attacked by a Mexican man with a knife on Friday in the village of La Isla, at the mouth of Laguna de Chacahua on the Pacific coast. Two other tourists were also injured in the attack, but their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Laguna de Chacahua is located about 60 miles west of Puerto Escondido.

Puerto Escondido Beach, Oaxaca State

Puerto Escondido Beach, Oaxaca State, Mexico.


The two killings follow a spate of other tourist deaths in Mexico this year. A The American tourist was shot in the leg in Puerto Morelos in March. US State Department issue a trip That month warns travelers to “take extra precautions” especially after dark, in resorts such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

This warning came in view of this Kidnapping of four Americans in Mexico earlier this month. The State Department posted a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” advisory for Tamaulipas, the Mexican state where the Americans were when they were abducted.

In June 2022, Two Canadians were killed in Playa del Carmen, apparently due to debt among international drug and arms trafficking rings. Last January, two other Canadians were killed and one wounded when a gunman opened fire at a resort near Cancun.

In March 2022, a British resident of Playa del Carmen was shot dead in broad daylight while traveling in his car with his daughter.

In October 2021, further south in the quiet destination of Tulum, two tourists – one California travel blogger The Indian-born and other Germans – were killed when they were apparently caught in the crossfire of a gunfight between rival drug dealers.

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