This evening we received reliable information that a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) crew member was shot and killed in Roatan, Honduras earlier today.
The crew member reportedly was from NCL's Norwegian Pearl cruise ship.
The only information we received is that a Pearl crew member named "Jacob" from the Philippines was killed by a gunshot today while the Norwegian Pearl was in Roatan today. The murder apparently occurred when the gunman was trying to rob the crew member of his cell phone a short distance form the cruise ship.
This year we have posted two articles warning about the high crime rate in Roatan. We published the articles last month and in January:
The U.S. State Department issued a warning that the murder rate in Honduras is the highest in the world.
Before I learned of the murder today, I received the following message on this blog:
"Honduras is rated the number 1 murder country in Central America for a reason. . . . People, just remember this, anyone who lives there or owns property there is going to paint you a rosy picture of this place because they can't leave or they have their money invested there. Avoid Roatan."
If you have information about this crime, please leave a comment below or join the discussion on our Facebook page.
Update: The Teledifusora Insular Facebook page identifies the Filipino crew member as Jacob Bagan. It states that the police are searching for someone called "Barrabas" who shot the man and then left his bicycle at the scene. The new mayor of Roatan offers a reward of 100,000 Lempiras (a little over $5,000 U.S.) for the capture of the murderer. There are numerous photographs on the Facebook page, including one of the deceased man that is graphic. Other newspapers are covering the story, including this one, which contains very disturbing images (warning).
Below is a video from Roatan of the Mayor being interviewed.
April 7 2014 Update: Will NCL's CEO Kevin Sheehan Pull the Norwegian Pearl, Dawn & Jewel Out of Roatan?
April 10 2014 Update: Honduran Police Arrest Bay Islands Resident in Murder of NCL Crew Member
Photo credit: Wikipedia / Visitor 7