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A Canadian Woman Is Recovering In A Hospital After She Was Violently Attacked By People At Her Tulum Resort

It can be dangerous for women to travel alone. It’s an unfortunate thing to say, but a harsh reality when you look at the statistics of violence against women when they travel to foreign countries. As much as we are proud to be independent and fierce, the reality is predators often seek out women who are alone and in unfamiliar settings. This latest story out of Tulum is just proof that women are vulnerable even in the most luxurious of resorts. 

On Nov. 11, a 29-year-old woman from Canada was almost killed in an attack at a resort in Tulum

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The woman, who was traveling alone at the time of her attack but awaiting the visit of her mother, was staying at the Grand Bahia Principe resort in Tulum, Mexico. Tulum is known to be one of the most sought after vacation spots by foreigners and us typically a very safe place to travel to. 

According to her brother, Mathew York, Alexandra York, who also goes by Lexie, was beaten severely by another guest at the same resort where she was staying. The attack occurred late on Nov. 11 after Lexie went to eat at the resort restaurant. It was there that a couple befriended her. 

“Later that evening, there was a knock on Lexie’s door, and the man claimed to be there to check on Lexie,” her brother stated. “It was then that he attacked her in her room and left her lying there beaten, strangled, and unconscious.”

Thankfully Lexie was able to escape her hotel room despite her injuries and called out for help “until another guest heard her and came to her aid. She was taken by ambulance and admitted to Hospital Playa Del Carmen, and was later transferred to a hospital in Cancun.”

Her injuries were so severe that she needed more than nine hours of surgery, and she has yet to be approved to return home to Canada.

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According to CTV News, Lexie “underwent extensive reconstructive surgery on her face after the assault, including plates placed in her cheek and mesh around one eye to help stabilize the muscles.”

Lexie, who remains in Mexico until she can be discharged, said she is very grateful to the medical staff in Cancun for taking good care of her. 

“I’m so thankful for the doctor who has been working with me. He did an amazing job. I’m just so thankful,” she said from her hospital room, according to the local Canada news station. 

Lexie also recalls that she never expected her assailant to go to her room after the group had retreated from the restaurant. 

“I never really thought it was going to be an unsafe situation.”

Police arrested a suspect named Ricardo Sanchez Pichardo and have charged him with attempted murder. 

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“This incident is extremely upsetting, and our hearts go out to the victim,” a Grand Bahia Principe spokesperson told Newsweek. “The safety and security of hotel guests and staff has been and always will be our number one priority. As soon as the hotel was informed of the incident, the staff immediately activated our internal security protocol. That included providing urgent medical assistance and alerting the local authorities, who immediately arrested the suspect, a guest in the resort. We wish Ms. York a speedy recovery and hope that the authorities get to the bottom of this incident as soon as possible.”

After her attack, her brother launched a GoFundme campaign to help pay for her medical care. 

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“Your donations will help with the ongoing care Lexie has yet to receive, as it is unclear when Lexie will be cleared to travel back to Canada,” her brother stated. “Please help us raise some money to help with Lexie’s recovery and to bring her home as soon as it is safe for her to do so. Presently Lexie has family with her in Cancun, the funds would also help to ensure that someone Lexie trusts may stay with her at all times to help comfort and make her feel safe. With your generosity and donations, we can bring Lexie home to everyone who is excited to see her back in Canada safe and sound!”

Impressively, her brother has successfully raised more than $55,000 of his $30,000 goal in just a few days. We do wish Lexie a speedy recovery.

READ: Internet Trolls Started Promoting Violence Against Women After This Woman Was Violently Attacked By Men

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

Mexico City is the oldest surviving capital city in all of the Americas. It also is one of only two that actually served as capitals of their Indigenous communities – the other being Quito, Ecuador. But much of that incredible history is washed over in history books, tourism advertisements, and the everyday hustle and bustle of a city of 21 million people.

Recently, city residents voted on a non-binding resolution that could see the city’s name changed back to it’s pre-Hispanic origin to help shine a light on its rich Indigenous history.

Mexico City could soon be renamed in honor of its pre-Hispanic identity.

A recent poll shows that 54% of chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) are in favor of changing the city’s official name from Ciudad de México to México-Tenochtitlán. In contrast, 42% of respondents said they didn’t support a name change while 4% said they they didn’t know.

Conducted earlier this month as Mexico City gears up to mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec empire capital with a series of cultural events, the poll also asked respondents if they identified more as Mexicas, as Aztec people were also known, Spanish or mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish blood).

Mestizo was the most popular response, with 55% of respondents saying they identified as such while 37% saw themselves more as Mexicas. Only 4% identified as Spaniards and the same percentage said they didn’t know with whom they identified most.

The poll also touched on the city’s history.

The ancient city of Tenochtitlán.

The same poll also asked people if they thought that the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán by Spanish conquistadoresshould be commemorated or forgotten, 80% chose the former option while just 16% opted for the latter.

Three-quarters of respondents said they preferred areas of the the capital where colonial-era architecture predominates, such as the historic center, while 24% said that they favored zones with modern architecture.

There are also numerous examples of pre-Hispanic architecture in Mexico City including the Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco and Cuicuilco archaeological sites.

Tenochtitlán was one of the world’s most advanced cities when the Spanish arrived.

Tenochtitlán, which means “place where prickly pears abound” in Náhuatl, was founded by the Mexica people in 1325 on an island located on Lake Texcoco. The legend goes that they decided to build a city on the island because they saw the omen they were seeking: an eagle devouring a snake while perched on a nopal.

At its peak, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today, the ruins of Tenochtitlán are in the historic center of the Mexican capital. The World Heritage Site of Xochimilco contains what remains of the geography (water, boats, floating gardens) of the Mexica capital.

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The Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright Says She Meant To Tase Him Instead Of Firing Her Gun

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The Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright Says She Meant To Tase Him Instead Of Firing Her Gun

Another Black man is dead, killed by the police.

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man from Minnesota was murdered on Sunday after a police officer pulled him over for a traffic violation. In an attempt to take in Wright after realizing he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, it is being said that the officer meant to use her Taser but accidentally fired her gun.

Police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota are saying that Wright’s attempt to reenter his car prompted the police fire.

Body camera footage of the Sunday incident was released for the first time on Monday during a news conference. Footage of the killing shows Wright outside of his car when authorities were attempting to place him under arrest. At one point, in the footage he can be seen attempting to reenter his vehicle, prompting a struggle with officers.

“I’ll tase ya,” a woman officer told Wright in the video after he attempted to kick her. “Taser, Taser, Taser!” the officer is heard yelling in the video before saying “Oh shit! I just shot him.”

According to Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, the officer meant to reach for her Taser.

Instead, she grabbed her gun.

“This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright,” Gannon claimed.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the officer in the incident as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police department. Potter is now on administrative leave.

Speaking about her standing, Gannon said “I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning.”

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott publicly supported Potter’s termination.

“My position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession, so I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties,” he explained before revealing that the officers initiated the traffic stop after clocking an expired registration tag on the car’s vehicle. When they ran Wright’s name they learned that he had a warrant out for his arrest. “That’s why they were moving from the car and they were making custodial arrest.”

Gannon went onto explain that the only information he had about the arrest warrant was that it was attached to a “gross misdemeanor warrant.”

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