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Murder an isolated case, Mexicans say
Crime against tourists 'pretty much a unique event'
Melissa Leong, with files from Peter Kuitenbrouwer, National Post
Published: Thursday, February 23, 2006
With tourism being a key source of revenue for the Latin American country, Mexican officials were quick to label the murder of two Canadians vacationing in the Mayan Riviera an isolated case.
"Crime against tourists is pretty much a unique event," said Mauricio Guerrero, a spokesman for the Mexican embassy in Ottawa.
Domenico Ianiero and his wife, Nancy, were found murdered on Monday at a five-star resort in Playa del Carmen, a tourist city in the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula.
A few days ago, Mexican police confirmed the arrests of two men suspected of killing a European couple in Tulum, which is south of Playa del Carmen along the coast of the Caribbean Sea. The bodies of Spanish tourist Martha Toullat Vallverde and her Italian partner, Matias Mazzeti, were discovered on Dec. 9 last year.
Bello Melchor Rodriguez y Carrillo, prosecutor of the state of Quintana Roo, told a news conference yesterday officials stand by the area's safety. "You can't put a guard in every room. Imagine if you got to a hotel and there were guards everywhere, you'd kind of wonder, well, am I safe here?"
Various news media reported an escalation of drug-related violence in Mexico, stirring concerns the violence may discourage travellers to the area. Officials are doing what they can to allay vacationers' worries.
The grounds and an inside view of a room at the Maya Caribe resort where Domenic and Annunziata Ianiero were found murdered.
© National Post 2006