In horrifying news out of the Caribbean, a Canadian was killed in St. Maarten during a robbery. The death was confirmed by both Global Affairs Canada and the police in St. Maarten.
On a Facebook post by the local police force, they report that a Canadian man whose initials are SV was shot during an "armed robbery which took place on Wednesday, June 5th at approximately 11.00 p.m. on Beacon Hill road in the vicinity of Drift Wood Beach Bar."
According to investigators, the man and his daughter were approached by an unknown suspect and the man was shot during a struggle. The suspect fled in a nearby car. The victim was treated in St. Maarten before being flown to Florida where he succumbed to his injuries.
While police and Global Affairs did not reveal the identity of the victim, his family told CP24 that it was Sylvain Valade from Quebec. He was reportedly trying to protect his daughter, Yanie Valade when the shooting occurred.
In a Facebook tribute to her father, written in French, Yanie said: "My beloved papa, you left as a hero, you saved my life and you protected me until your last breath, just like you always did."
The shooting is still under investigation by St. Maarten police, but in their Facebook post, police said "this investigation is moving forward but the information is not coming in quickly enough. The investigators are making an appeal to anyone who has any information and mainly those persons who were in the immediate vicinity when the robbery took place to come forward."
Currently, there are no severe travel advisories in place for St. Maarten and the Canadian government just tells travelers to take normal security precautions. However, under the government's section about safety, they do say that "armed robberies and tourists being followed by people on motorcycles have also been reported."