OC man robbed, killed in Medellin, Colombia after meeting girl at bar, family says

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022
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Paul Nguyen's family believes he was drugged, robbed and killed after meeting a girl he met on Tinder while visiting Medellin, Colombia.

The family of a Cal State Fullerton graduate is looking for answers after they say it appears their loved one was drugged, robbed and killed while traveling in Medellin, Colombia.

Paul Nguyen's family is focused on bringing his body back to Orange County.

Amy Nguyen said Paul was an amazing older brother.

"He was just someone that I could always look up to," she said. "He was always the first person I would call if I needed something."

Amy said the 27-year-old worked as a contractor and loved to travel.

"Every time he was back home he would always share the most fun stories of his trip. He would bring back souvenirs. He would just tell us all the fun things he found and how he's so happy he was traveling," Amy said.

She said last week Paul was traveling abroad for the first time visiting Medellin, Colombia, with a friend.

Amy said Paul met a girl on Tinder, a social media dating app, and went on a date on Wednesday.

She said her brother was last seen leaving a bar with that girl on Thursday around 2 a.m.

Amy said Paul's body was found later that morning.

"They took all of his stuff and his belongings. We know all his cards were swiped after 4 a.m.," Amy said. "We believe there were multiple people involved and she was just there to lure him and set him up."

Amy said Colombian authorities suspect her brother was drugged and robbed.

She said no arrests have been made in Paul's death.

Amy said, "It just felt so surreal when we found out. It was just very overwhelming trying to figure everything out and it's hard that we can't see him back home. We're working really hard to bring him back."

Paul's family is heartbroken and focused on bringing him home.

They've set up a GoFundMe page to help do that and to aid with funeral expenses.

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