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Two arrested in connection with deadly shooting of Canadian in Mexico

Robin Wood, a retired mechanic from Saltspring Island, was killed in Mexico in January.


Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Canadian man in Mexico earlier this month.

Luis Murillo Jorge Torres and Ernesto Leon Manuel Esparza, both 18, were both charged with murder and robbery, said Lino Gonzalez, who spoke for the Jalisco state attorney general's office.

There is at least one other suspect in the case, he said.

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Robin Wood, 67, was shot and killed when he confronted a pair of thieves during a break-in at a friend's house on Jan. 3. The retired mechanic from Saltspring Island was staying in Melaque, a coastal community about 200 kilometers south of Puerto Vallarta.

Mr. Gonzalez said Mexican authorities apprehended the two suspects at a bus station, adding they may have been trying to hide out in another city.

In an e-mailed statement, a spokesman said Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs is "aware of reports" of the arrests. He said consular officials in Puerto Vallarta are working with Mexican authorities, but declined to indicate whether they had been in contact about the arrests.

The department's travel advisory for Mexico warns Canadians to be cautious because of high levels of criminal activity throughout the country.

A second Canadian was confirmed dead in Mexico shortly after Mr. Wood was killed. Ximena Osegueda's body was found on a beach in Huatulco, in the state of Oaxaca.

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