Parents of Claremont Man Killed in Playa del Carmen Issue Warning for Travelers

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The parents of a 27-year-old Claremont man who was stabbed to death during a robbery while visiting Mexico in November are warning others to be careful when vacationing in Mexico.

The family of Taylor Meyer, who was killed in Playa Del Carmen while celebrating a friend’s birthday, says they also want to see changes in the way the killings of Americans in Mexico are investigated.

Their son was in Mexico celebrating a friend’s birthday when he was killed, and now his family believes the Mexican government is trying to cover up the murder. Taylor Meyer left for Mexico for his friend’s 30th birthday.

Photos show the 27-year-old having a good time with his friend’s in Playa Del Carmen. On Friday, his parents got a call informing them their youngest son had been murdered. They first thought it was a cruel hoax, but later discovered it was real.

Kris and Krista Meyer say their son was stabbed to death and that a witness told police that three people carried out the attack, taking his wallet, shoes, watch and iPhone. The couple is now searching for answers and wants the FBI to investigate.

Shortly after Taylor’s murder, Mexican authorities said they had made an arrest.

The local tourism board says millions of tourists travel to the area every year and that the country does everything it can to ensure their safety. But the Meyers say reports of an arrest are murky. It’s unclear to them whether the right person is in custody.

They’ve now written members of Congress and the State Department, hoping to change Playa Del Carmen’s travel advisory level, which advises caution. There are parts of Mexico where travel is not recommended.

The State Department is constantly updating travel advisory levels for all countries. The family says they’ll continue to share their son’s story.

Elizabeth Espinosa reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Feb. 28, 2019.

Source: KTLA, ABC

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