Tuesday, February 11, 2014

México: Elderly Canadian Couple Found Stabbed to Death South of Guadalajara

According to The Huffington Post, The Guadalajara Reporter and CBC, a Canadian couple, 84 and 72, respectively, were found dead on Sunday (February 9) after police say gunmen broke into their residence in broke into their home in Ajijic during a violent robbery.
Independently, both the CBC and The Guadalajara Reporter, identified the couple as Edward J. Kular, 84, and Nina Discombe, 72. According to Kular’s Facebook page, he was from Toronto.
COMMENT: Discombe reportedly was a Montreal author who had traveled to México intermittingly during the winters over a period of years.
Kular's son confirmed his father's death to CBC NEWS.
The couple’s gardener discovered the two bodies on Sunday, according to THE TORONTO SUN.
The couple’s home was reportedly looted; both of the couple’s two vehicles were stolen. Both victims were stabbed repeatedly and found in a pool of blood.
Ajijic is roughly 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Guadalajara, the state capital and the country's most popular city. The town is popular with retirees, with some 5,000 foreigners residing in the area.
Although many Canadian and US retirees continue to holiday in México during the winter months, as I have said so often in the past, the security risks far outnumber the benefits and warm climate.
The US Department of State has designated Jalisco, the state in which Guadalajara is situated, as "high-threat" for violent crime.

If one were search "crime in Jalisco" today, 

According to AFP, more US citizens have been murdered in México than in any other part of the world in the past decade.

According to an analysis of US State Department data, at least 648 American citizens were murdered in México between October 2002 and December 2012. This represents more than 40% of the almost 1,600 American victims worldwide over the same period.

To put the number of murders of Americans in México in perspective, more US citizens were murdered in México than were killed in “terrorist action” around the world, according to the AFP. The analysis by the major newswire calculated those deaths at 300 since October 2002.

Of the 648 American homicides, 511 occurred between 2006 and 2012, with most homicides taking place in border regions where drug cartels dominate.

The most dangerous city for US citizens? Tijuana.

In the past 10 years, 130 deaths in Tijuana. That number eclipses Ciudad Juárez, deemed the world’s murder capital, which saw 120 American deaths in the past decade followed by Nuevo Laredo.

The US State Department notes that the database is not fully complete because there are US deaths in México that are never reported that are never reported to US diplomatic or consular posts. 

Although given the dramatic disparity of population differences between the US and Canada, the below website reveals just a sampling of the precious Canadian lives that have been lost in México over the years:

http://www.mexinada.com/canadiens-tues-au-mexique/?lang=en

I urge our loyal readers to share with me their observations, impressions, anxiety and concern for their welfare while traveling in México:

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