American teacher reportedly killed by "criminal organization" while hiking in Mexico
Authorities say that Patrick Braxton-Andrew died in Mexico in October
- Authorities say that Patrick Braxton-Andrew, a school teacher from North Carolina, died "at the hands of a criminal organization," his family announced on Thursday.
- Braxton-Andrew was last seen on October 28 when he left his hotel in Urique, Mexico, to go for a walk.
- Authorities are searching for "those responsible to bring them to justice" and to recover Braxton-Andrew's body.
Last month, Patrick Braxton-Andrew, a school teacher from North Carolina, went missing while in Mexico. On Thursday, authorities told his family that he died in October, according to a Facebook post.
"It is with great sadness that we announce that Patrick died on October 28th at the hands of a criminal organization that operates in the area where he was traveling," the update said.
"Patrick died doing what he loved — traveling and meeting people. Join us in celebrating his life as he would want us to do," the post said. "We will always remember Patrick and his joy for life."
The post said that authorities are searching for "those responsible to bring them to justice" and to recover Braxton-Andrew's body.
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Braxton-Andrew was last seen in Urique, Mexico, on October 28. He'd gone there to hike the Copper Canyon, and was heading to Mexico City to meet up with his brother to attend Day of the Dead celebrations.
Braxton-Andrew left for a walk in the afternoon and, according to hotel staff, never came back.
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