California man drugged and killed while traveling in Colombia: family

The family of a California man have claimed he was killed in a “senseless crime” while traveling in Colombia.

Paul Nguyen, 27, of Orange County, was drugged, robbed and killed in Medellin, his sister Amy said.

According to ABC7, Nguyen met a woman on social media dating app Tinder and went on a date with her on Wednesday, November 9th.

Amy said her brother was last seen leaving a bar with the woman around 2am on Thursday. She added Nguyen’s body was found on November 11.

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A stock image of the Colombian city of Medellin. The family of a California man have claimed he was killed in a “senseless crime” while traveling in Colombia.

This was announced by a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs news week: “We can confirm the death of a US citizen in Colombia.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the family on their loss and will provide all reasonable support. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment at this time.”

Data from the Colombian National Reference Center for Violence showed that there were 2,037 homicides in the South American country in January and February 2022.

Amy told ABC7: “They took all his stuff and belongings. We know all his cards were stolen after 4am

“We believe multiple people were involved and she (the woman on the date) was just there to bait him and set him up.”

She claimed that Colombian officials suspect her brother was drugged and robbed and that no arrests have 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. More than $35,000 was raised in two days, surpassing the original goal of $15,000.

Paying tribute to him, Nguyen’s sister said: “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 home again, surrounded by love, family and friends.”

news week has reached out to Amy and the Medellin police for comment.

In November 2021, a Washington woman was found dead in a Mexican hotel room while on vacation with her boyfriend, according to her family.

Sativa Transue, 28, from Milton, was in Cancun with her boyfriend over the Thanksgiving holiday when she died.

Her sister MyKayla Bolieu said the case was a homicide. Transue’s boyfriend, 31-year-old Taylor Allen, was later arrested for the murder.