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Another Tourist Murdered in Antigua

By January 26, 2010

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A 29-year-old cruise-ship passenger has been found murdered near one of Antigua's most popular beaches, the third high profile tourist slaying in Antigua in the past two years.

Nina Elisabeth Nilssen, a musician from San Francisco, was killed near Pigeon Point Beach on Jan. 19; the Antigua Sun reported that Nilssen had apparently suffered a stab wound to the neck and that her body was partially undressed when found. USA Today reported that authorities are currently searching for a "person of interest" in the case.

Nilssen was a passenger aboard the Star Clippers vessel Royal Clipper, which calls every other week at Antigua.

Officials with the cruise line won't say if they plan to continue to call at Antigua. Carnival Cruise Lines dropped the island from its Southern Caribbean itineraries after a final stop in early January, a decision made shortly after several Carnival passengers were involved in an altercation with local police.

Antigua's reputation among travelers has been battered by the recent violence targeting tourists, including the brutal 2008 murders of a honeymooning British couple in their room at the Cocos Hotel and the 2009 killing of a 38-year-old Australian yachtie.

Nilssen reportedly had gone to Pigeon Point Beach for a midafternoon barbecue with members of her sister's wedding party. Our deepest sympathies go out to the victim and her family. As for Antigua, the island may be getting perilously close to the point where it won't have to worry about murders of tourists anymore, because there won't be any.

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