This leading biologist and environmental activist has been found stabbed to death in a hostel in Mexico.
Nora Patricia Lopez Leon, who was in charge of the Red Macaw release project at the Aluxes Ecopark in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, was reportedly found with four stab wounds in a hostel on the Palenque-Ocosingo road.
The 40-year-old victim, who was originally from the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, died from loss of blood and the police have arrested two men who are suspected of killing her during a robbery attempt, according to reports.
The police arrived at the unnamed hostel and cordoned off the area as they gathered evidence from the murder scene.
According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Chiapas, the biologist was killed during a robbery although investigators are looking into whether the alleged murder occurred because of her environmental activism.
It is unclear whether any belongings were taken from the victim’s room.
Several days after the stabbing, the Mexican police arrested two suspects identified as Julian N. and Mateo N.
According to local media, the two suspects have appeared in court and are expected to face trial for homicide.
The investigation is currently ongoing and it is unclear if the suspects have been charged.
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