A California man’s family have claimed he was killed in a ‘senseless crime’ while traveling in Colombia.
Paul Nguyen, 27, of Orange County, was drugged, robbed and killed while in Medellin, his sister Amy said.
According to ABC7, Nguyen met a woman on the social media dating app Tinder and went on a date with her on Wednesday, November 9.
Amy said her brother was last seen leaving a bar with the woman around 2am on Thursday. She added that Nguyen’s body was found on November 11.
A State Department spokesperson said Newsweek“We can confirm the death of an American citizen in Colombia.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family for their loss and provide all appropriate assistance. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment at this time.”
Data from Colombia’s National Reference Center on Violence revealed that there were 2,037 homicides in the South American country during the months of January and February 2022.
Amy told ABC7: “They took all of her stuff and stuff. We know all of her cards were swiped after 4am.
“We think there were multiple people involved and she (the date’s wife) was just there to lure him in and trap him.”
She said Colombian authorities suspected her brother had been drugged and robbed and no arrests had yet been made in connection with his death.
A GoFundMe page has since been set up to help Nguyen’s family pay for the repatriation of his body and funeral expenses. Over $35,000 was raised in two days, surpassing its original goal of $15,000.
Nguyen’s sister paid tribute to him saying, “Paul was my older brother who was always there to take care of me.
“He was there to support me through my ups and downs. He was my shoulder to cry on. I hope everyone who knew Paul stays strong.”
She concluded: “Paul deserves to be back home, surrounded by love, family and friends.”
Newsweek contacted Amy and Medellin police for comment.
In November 2021, a Washington woman was found dead in a hotel room in Mexico while vacationing with her boyfriend, according to her family.
Sativa Transue, 28, of Milton, was with her boyfriend in Cancun for the Thanksgiving holiday when she died.
Her sister MyKayla Bolieu said the case was a homicide. Transue’s boyfriend Taylor Allen, 31, was later arrested for murder.