Leigh man shot dead in Central America

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A LEIGH man has been shot dead in Central America by a gang who stole his camera, it was reported.

The man, named locally as tourist Omer Kaya, 33,  and said to be from Leigh, was killed at 11am yesterday in the city of San Pedro Sula, in north west Honduras, the El Heraldo newspaper said.

He was reportedly taking photographs in colonial Trejo, an area in the west of the city, when he was attacked by several men who stole his camera.

Witnesses told police he was shot dead as he ran away, El Heraldo said.

Police and a forensic medical team were called to the scene and the man's body was taken to a judicial morgue for a post-mortem examination.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are aware of reports and are looking into them."

Violent crime is rife in Honduras. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the country has seen murder rates double between 2005 and 2010 to the highest murder rate in the world - 82.1 per 100,000 people in 2010.

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1:10pm Wed 16 Jan 13

emcee says...

Another needless loss of life.
Another country on my "do not go to..." list.
Another needless loss of life. Another country on my "do not go to..." list. emcee
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3:49pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Red Hand Gang says...

Tragic
Tragic Red Hand Gang
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7:00pm Wed 16 Jan 13

mys842 says...

Terrible news, thoughts go out to his family :(
Terrible news, thoughts go out to his family :( mys842
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9:00pm Wed 16 Jan 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

poor bloke he was only taking photos, i know his face from somewhere too.
poor bloke he was only taking photos, i know his face from somewhere too. DogsMessInLeigh
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5:54pm Thu 17 Jan 13

DaveRobbo82 says...

legendary ice cream man back day RIP sir
legendary ice cream man back day RIP sir DaveRobbo82
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6:53pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Obvious_stater says...

Rip Rossi man
Rip Rossi man Obvious_stater
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9:54pm Thu 17 Jan 13

FRUITY says...

omg r.i.p omer (mr rossi ice cream man in the blue and white van out side northlands school)
he was such a lovely person carnt believe it my thoughts are with his family xx
omg r.i.p omer (mr rossi ice cream man in the blue and white van out side northlands school) he was such a lovely person carnt believe it my thoughts are with his family xx FRUITY
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10:26pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Twinkle_toez says...

Cannot believe that this has happened. Such a face around the schools and streets here in Pitsea.
A very kind and happy man who will be sorely missed. RIP :(
Cannot believe that this has happened. Such a face around the schools and streets here in Pitsea. A very kind and happy man who will be sorely missed. RIP :( Twinkle_toez
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1:42am Fri 18 Jan 13

pitsea lady says...

In shock.cant believe it ,such a lovely man always had time for a chat with the children and they adore you.Gonna be missed by so many.My girls cryed tonight and im dreading my little boy asking mummy is it true.You were the best rossi icecream man in pitsea.
R.I.P XX
In shock.cant believe it ,such a lovely man always had time for a chat with the children and they adore you.Gonna be missed by so many.My girls cryed tonight and im dreading my little boy asking mummy is it true.You were the best rossi icecream man in pitsea. R.I.P XX pitsea lady
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4:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13

FAB0655 says...

Omer cant believe we wont be seeing you again. All the kids will miss you, such a kind a thoughtful man. Thoughts are with your family and friends. Keep smiling up there. Wont be the same without you. RIP to the best ice-cream man in pitsea XX
Omer cant believe we wont be seeing you again. All the kids will miss you, such a kind a thoughtful man. Thoughts are with your family and friends. Keep smiling up there. Wont be the same without you. RIP to the best ice-cream man in pitsea XX FAB0655
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6:09am Sat 19 Jan 13

pitsea lady says...

He was Known as George to us that was his name around our streets and he was that nice that he went out of his way to learn sign language so he could communicate with a little girl in pitsea. That just say it all. I told my little boy this morning and he said mummy please say it not true. everone that knew him here did not have a bad word to say about him. thinking of all his family and friends and wishing this is a dream xx
He was Known as George to us that was his name around our streets and he was that nice that he went out of his way to learn sign language so he could communicate with a little girl in pitsea. That just say it all. I told my little boy this morning and he said mummy please say it not true. everone that knew him here did not have a bad word to say about him. thinking of all his family and friends and wishing this is a dream xx pitsea lady
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