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Motive sought in professor's slaying in Mexico

Motive sought in professor's slaying in Mexico

A popular San Diego college professor who was found slain in his apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, was remembered Wednesday as a stickler for grammar who liked to sing karaoke.
Henry Acejo, 45 and a native of the Philippines, was found dead with numerous wounds Dec. 18 next to his dining room table in Tijuana's upscale Zona Rio area, according to the Baja California Attorney General's office.
Authorities found his gray 2002 BMW 325 at the apartment and were combing it for evidence.
The attorney general's office gave no possible motive.
The U.S. State Department said it was "deeply saddened" by the death of Acejo, a U.S. citizen.
Acejo was an adjunct instructor of Filipino languages at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, outside San Diego and taught at San Diego State University and Mid-City Community College in San Diego. He taught his Southwestern classes in San Diego's San Ysidro area, which borders Tijuana.
"Henry was a man who really loved teaching," Andrew MacNeill, chairman of Southwestern's English as a second language department, told the Southwestern College Sun newspaper. "He was a great guy and the students really liked him. He was particularly talented with the teaching of grammar and writing and was very concerned about preparing his students to perform well."
Acejo enjoyed singing and would often take part in karaoke on Friday nights at a club in Tijuana, Ondine Massot, a close friend at teacher at Mid-City, told The San Diego Union-Tribune. He especially liked songs from the 1940s and 1950s.
Massot told the Union-Tribune that she felt Acejo was too kind and trusting, and had been robbed at another apartment in Tijuana. He lived in Tijuana to save money.
"I did not feel safe for him" and told him so, Massot said.
Acejo's body will be flown to the Philippines for burial.
Tijuana has had 810 murders so far this year, up sharply from 2009 but short of a record high of 843 in 2008, according to the state attorney general's office.


Updated : 2021-06-15 16:00 GMT+08:00