A Danish tourist died Friday, two days after being shot by robbers who tried to steal his camera while he visited a cemetery. Police said two suspected gang members had been arrested.
Paul Wolfgang Ritter died at a hospital in Guatemala City, where
he was flown after being wounded in the port city of Santo Tomas de
Castillo, said Luis Jose Fernandez, an official in the tourist
assistance program of the Guatemalan Tourist Institute. He did not
know Ritter's hometown.
Authorities said Ritter arrived on a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship
and went with another tourist on a paid tour to a nearby town
Wedneday. On the way back, they asked the driver to stop at the
cemetery so they could take pictures. They were approached by two
young men who tried to steal their cameras, and Ritter was shot in
Police spokesman Donald Gonzalez said two men, thought to be
gang members because of the tattoos on their faces, were arrested.
Guatemala has one of Latin America's highest homicide rates,
with more than 5,000 people killed a year, and many of the killings
are blamed on gang warfare. However, homicides rarely involve the 1
million tourists who visit the Central American country each year.