According to The Latin American Tribune, Hector Flores, 35, an executive with a company that publishes three of Honduras’ newspapers was found slain Friday (December 27) inside his residence in the northern city of San Pedro Sula.
San Pedro Sula is Honduras' second largest city and is known for having a higher murder rate than the capital of Tegucigalpa.
COMMENT: From all indications, robbery was not the motive as no property was stolen from the home.
The victim was head of Organizational Development and Corporate Social Responsibility for the Opsa group, which publishes LA PRENSA and EL HERALDO and sports daily, DIEZ.
Neighbors said Flores hosted a party at his home Thursday night, but none of them heard or saw any indications of violence at the residence.
Honduras suffered 85.5 homicides for every 100,000 residents in 2012, compared with a global median rate of 8.8 murders per 100,000, the Violence Observatory at the National Autonomous University said in a study released in February 2013.
For those foreign travelers who believe that my suggestion that tourists NOT travel to Honduras, please note that of the 50 murders committed against US citizens since 2008, police have only solved two homicides.
COMMENT: In contrast to the US State Department's latest travel warning on Honduras (see below) updated travel warning, Ed Lee, the author of this daily blog, urges foreign tourists to avoid Honduras unless they (1) speak Spanish; (2) fully understand the serious security threats that prevail in the country; and (3) are among the small percentage of travelers that as a matter of course possess a high sense of personal security awareness:
For those who must travel to Honduras on essential business, I urge the following:
1. Read my Security Tips for São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro "word for word";
2. Stay ONLY at an "all-inclusive" resort;
3. NEVER, EVER resist an armed robbery in Honduras. Armed Robbery is a frequent occurrence, particularly for those who don't follow my advice. Honduran criminals will shoot you with no compunction. Once you're dead, there are no "come-backs";
4. Never walk at NIGHT anywhere in the country;
5. Never carry more than $100 and be prepared to give up all of your valuables; and
6. Don't carry a "smart-phone" worth $500-1,000. It is not worth dying over. Order an inexpensive "unlocked, quad-band mobile" like I have. No criminal has ever demanded it!
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