Another Month, Another American Shot Dead
Authorities and Foreign Community Show Little Interest in Curbing the Trend

August 1st, 2009
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[private] On July 18, Gary Conly, 53, an American businessman was shot at his West Bay home. Conly, a developer of Mar Vista Bay housing community in West Bay, was found dead at his home where he likely bled to death while waiting for help. He was shot in the face, but managed to email for help to several of his friends. “Help; shot,” said the message emailed by Conly before the American died.

His body was found already cold, his home ransacked, robbed and his car missing. Two days later his truck was found in Coxen Hole stadium road. On the same day as Conly was killed, two people were killed in a shootout in Spanish Town neighborhood of Coxen Hole.

Conly, who lived on Roatan for seven years, is a fifth foreigner, and a fourth US citizen to be killed on Roatan in nine months. Arrests in only two of these cases were made.

In a meeting at Fantasy Island between 200 foreigners and several security officials, local government and minister of tourism the murder of Gary Conly was mentioned in passing only. Julio Benitez, Bay Islands Police Chief, said that Bay Islands are the safest department in the country and foreigners are safe here. “Everyone needs to take care in which company they keep,” Benitez said, adding that there are less than before, around 100, police assigned to the Bay Islands. With holiday leaves, according to Benitez, the active police force does not surpass 60. [/private]

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