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Man accused of killing indigenous healer dies in apparent lynching in Peru



A Canadian man who was accused of killing an indigenous leader and healer was apparently lynched by members of the Shipibo-Conibo community in Peru.

Graphic footage emerged on social media of the final moments of Sebastian Woodroffe, 36. According to authorities, he was strangled and buried in the Ucayali area of the Amazon rainforest on Friday.

His death remains under investigation, along with that of Olivia Arévalo Lomas, 81. The well-respected Shipibo-Conibo leader was shot and killed a day prior, on Thursday, with a graphic photo also appearing on social media.


In a series of posts on Twitter, the public defender's office in Peru condemned Arévalo's murder, as well as that of Woodroffe. According to a fundraising page, he had gone to Peru to learn about indigenous healing techniques.

“Canada extends its deepest condolences following the reported assassination of‎ Olivia Arévalo Lomas, an Indigenous elder and human rights defender,” Global Affairs Canada, which manages Canada's foreign relations, told Reuters in a statement.

Read More on the Story:
Canadian dies in ‘lynching’ in Peruvian Amazon, accused of killing an indigenous shaman (The Washington Post April 23, 2018)
Canadian man lynched over shaman's death in Peru (The Associated Press April 23, 2018)
Canadian 'begs for life as Peruvian mob put noose around neck and lynch him' after death of shaman (The Mirror April 23, 2018)
Who was Sebastian Woodroffe, why was the Canadian lynched in Peru and who are the Shipibo-Conibo people? (The Sun April 23, 2018)
Canadian accused of killing Peruvian medicine woman lynched in Amazon (Reuters April 22, 2018)
Canadian lynched after murder of Indigenous healer: Peruvian media (CTV April 22, 2018)