Tragedy Struck Huatulco When The Bodies Of Ximena Osegueda and Alejandro Santamaria Were Found On A Nearby Beach
Being an authoritative blog on Huatulco means we have a duty to report all news pertaining to the area – both good and bad.
Sadly today’s news falls into the latter of the two categories. On December 27th 2011, the bodies of Ximena Osegueda, a 39-year-old Phd candidate from University of British Columbia and her boyfriend, Alejandro Santamaria, were found on a beach near Huatulco, Mexico. Ximena – native to Mexico – was in the area collecting material for her Phd when she went missing about a week prior to the discovery.
Family members and friends have organized a facebook page in honor of Ximena. The page was quickly flooded with kind words as those who knew her state their condolences.
One person writes: “you always had a smile on your face and had the ability to make everyone feel good”
If you’ve been following this blog, you should be familiar with the countless posts pertaining to Huatulco Safety. Every one of these posts mentions credible sources praising Huatulco for being a safe destination.
There is no denying this was a horrible event, however – unlike what the Canadian press is saying – Huatulco is NOT considered a dangerous place. As a result, you can imagine that locals and Huatulco lovers alike, are quite shaken up by how the media is portraying their home. This event can be equated to a murder happening within a small, tight-knit community in Canada or the United-states – shocking, devastating and tragic.
A number of people are outraged by how the media is portraying Huatulco. Robert Remington of the Calgary Herald wrote a great article titled “I went to Mexico and I didn’t get killed” where he addresses some statistics you can’t deny.
Below are statements given from both an American and a Canadian currently living in Huatulco.
“I am a friend of Ximena Osegueda and a friend of her mother Carminia. I am a 33-year-old American and have been residing full time in Huatulco for 11 years. I admired, respected, and adored so many things about Ximena and continue to mourn her loss. It is important to all of us that knew her, to continue to honor her life, her accomplishments and the place that she loved so much – Huatulco. In the years I have lived here, I’ve never felt unsafe and I don’t think that Ximena ever felt unsafe here either.
If you know Huatulco like we do, you will recognize that fear is incorrect. The tragedy and the loss of this amazing life should not be confused with a safety issue in Huatulco. I sincerely hope that justice is served, and that we don’t cause any more devastation by damaging the place that was so special to our friend and to us, Huatulco. All of my respects for the family and all of Ximena’s friends in their grief.”
– Valerie Verhalen
“I am a Canadian who has lived on this coast for the past 15 years. I have NEVER heard of Punta Arena being used as a dumping ground. As for organized crime- Huatulco is a very isolated community with a permanent military checkpoint on the south and occasional checkpoints on the north coming in from the airport.
The woman who was killed was a close friend and she met a terrible end, however this incident is so far from the norm, which is why our community is so shaken up. The reports by the CBC and the interview with Jacy, Ximena’s ex-husband are very sensationalized and bad journalism in my opinion.
What he says is true- law enforcement does not have the manpower to deal with an investigation of this magnitude- because there has never been a need before.
No one disputes that Huatulco is a beautiful place however this issue is about people. Beyond the beaches and the ocean Huatulco is a wonderful community full of hardworking people. It is a double tragedy that the death of this amazing woman would cause people to fear travelling here. Ximena’s area of study was this area, she taught capoeria to the children in the village where she lived and she was the first to open her mouth and raise her voice when foreigners complained about ‘mexicans’.
Fear leads to suspicion and hatred and I believe we have enough xenophobia in the world. Reading the message boards on the news sites I am shocked, mortified and disgusted with the anti-mexican propaganda, which is the real imminent danger in this situation.”
– Jane Bauer
It is clear that two lives were lost before their time. Our thoughts are with the family and friends who have been affected by this tragedy.
Stories like these serve as a reminder that life is short, and you should live it to the fullest. The world as a whole is a dangerous place where unlikely events can occur, however the real danger is letting that stop you from living.
R.I.P Ximena Osegueda & Alejandro Santamaria