Tourist Killed in Honduras, Shot by a Gang for a Camera

A 33-year-old man was shot by robbers that took away his camera

By on January 16th, 2013 10:44 GMT

British resident Kaya Omer has been fatally shot while on vacation in Honduras, after his camera had been stolen.

According to UK's Daily Mail, citing local newspaper El Heraldo, 33-year-old Omer was traveling through San Pedro Sula, in the northwestern part of the country, when he was killed.

He was photographing the Trejo area in the western part of town, when he was attacked. He was assaulted by a group of men who approached him to steal his camera.

They managed to get their hands on the piece of equipment. Witness accounts put the British tourist running away from the gang, when one of the men shot him.

“It looks like he put up a fight when they stole his camera, so they shot him,” Police Deputy Chief Leonel Sauceda said in a statement.

The tourist's body was transported for a post-mortem examination, to the judicial morgue.

Trejo is described by ITN as one of San Pedro Sula's middle-class neighborhoods. The town is the second largest in the Central American country.

It has been plagued by drug-related violence for years. Mexican and Colombian cartels have most influence on the territory.

The UN registers Honduras as a country with a very high murder rate. The organization's Office on Drugs and Crime last assessed that 82.1 out of every 100,000 people were killed here, in 2010.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been contacted, and their reps told the press that they had learned about the incident.

“We are aware of the death of a British national in Honduras and stand ready to provide consular assistance,” their spokesman has stated.

There are no reports of arrests made in the case as of yet. We will keep you updated as this story unfolds.

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