Jesse Ropos Obituary, Death – The wife of a Winnipeg man on his honeymoon in Mexico told CBC News that police were summoned to a hotel bar argument. Jesse Ropos, 36, died early on January 13th after a 10-day vacation at Puerto Aventuras, a gated community 75 kilometers southwest of Cancun. The father of three was murdered 12 hours before he and his wife, Stacey Ropos, returned home. Stacey told CBC News after returning to Winnipeg Tuesday night, “I’m coming from this great vacation with my husband’s body. In a Tuesday morning interview before leaving Mexico, she stated it was their first big holiday together. Her husband’s body returned to Canada on another plane. Stacey cried as she recalled our honeymoon after eight years of marriage.
Losing him was hard, but explaining to our children why I can’t hug and console them was worse. Stacey and Jesse went to the hotel bar earlier that evening. She returned to their room, where hotel staff woke her up to come to the lobby, but he stayed. “I could see the police tape,” Stacey remarked to a woman who told her, “I’m sorry but your husband’s dead.” I ran to him under the police tape and shouted for him to stand up. Quintana Roo police directed CBC News’s enquiry concerning Ropos’s death to the state attorney general, who was unavailable for comment. According to CBC News’ Spanish translation of a state attorney general’s office document, Jesse choked to death. According to the paper, two male hotel workers were held in connection with Ropos’s murder, but Stacey said no charges were filed.
Two hotel guests were fighting, according to the police report. On Sunday, Stacey watched her husband’s murder defendants’ court hearings from Mexico. At that hearing, she learned that her husband had been asked to leave the pub following a scuffle, but a friend from Mexico helped him calm off. Stacey guessed, “They probably abducted him once the brawl resumed. The bar manager suddenly emerged and put him in a sleeper chokehold. I believe the security guard had him kneeling with his hands behind his back. CBC News couldn’t reach the couple’s hotel via phone or email. Global Affairs Canada’s representative declined to comment. The representative emailed, “Global Affairs Canada is aware of the death of a Canadian in Mexico.” Family receives consular services. Privacy issues prevent further disclosure.”