Yes, a horrible incident. However, I suggest that anyone who believes that this is something which could only happen on Isla Margarita is both ill-informed and naive.
I was in Antigua
during the first week of July and during that week there were two murders and the rape of a woman on a boat in Jolly Harbour. Coincidentally, there was an ongoing trial of two locals who not only robbed two honeymooners from England
, but then chose to murder them execution style - point-blank shots to their foreheads while they were on their knees. The same men
are also accused of three other murders committed in a similar fashion.
While the murder rate on Isla Margarita is unfortunately quite high (although well below that of other built-up areas in Venezuela
such as Caracas), tourists are rarely the victims. Indeed, if I am not mistaken, this is only the second murder of a 'European/American' in the last three years. By way of comparison, as I recall
there were 13 Canadians alone killed in Mexico