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Canadian killed in Peru, Global Affairs says

Canadian killed in Peru, Global Affairs says

Sebastian Woodroffe from the Comox Valley had travelled to Peru to study hallucinogenic medicine.

According to Peru's Interior Ministry, Sebastian Paul Woodroffe was strangled to death as a crowd watched, shortly after the shooting death of Olivia Arévalo Lomas, an 81-year-old plant-healer and Indigenous people's rights activist from the Shipibo-Konibo tribe of northeastern Peru.

Police said Woodroffe was killed that same day by a vigilante mob.

But police did not begin to investigate until a cellphone video appeared in local media showing a man purported to be Woodroffe begging for mercy while being dragged between thatch-roofed homes.

A camera phone recorded Woodroffe's lynching by villagers and the video was posted on social media, The Guardian reported.

On Saturday officials dug up Woodroffe's body from an unmarked grave in the forest 0.6miles away from Arevalo's home.

"Your sensitive heart is now at peace", writes Brodie Lee Dawson writes on Facebook.

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"He was well-loved in the community and he was a sweet and loving person, and ... this was very out of character for him", said Brodie Dawson, an acquaintance of Woodroffe's, from Cumberland, B.C.

"This is the man who murdered teacher Olivia Arevalo, after making her sing an Icaro", it said, referring to an indigenous healing song. The poster identified Woodroffe as a Canadian and accused him of killing Arévalo after demanding she perform an icaro, a form of singing medicine that is believed to remove negative energies.

He said his mission was inspired by a family member's bout with alcoholism, which Woodroffe believed could be more effectively treated with "plant medicine", instead of traditional detox and counseling.

Woodroffe had been Arevalo's patient, and her family believes he killed her because she refused to conduct a ritual in which the hallucinogenic Amazonian plant brew ayahuasca is used for healing and spiritual growth, said Jimenez.

Woodroffe, from British Columbia, was one in every of hundreds of worldwide vacationers who journey to the Peruvian Amazon to experiment with ayahuasca, a bitter, dark-coloured brew made from a mix of native vegetation.

"The plant medicine I have the opportunity of learning, is far deeper than ingesting a plant and being healed. This is what I want to make my life's work", he said in the clip.

The hallucinogenic cocktail, often known as yage, has been utilized by indigenous tribes in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia as a remedy for quite a few illnesses. While there, a fellow British tourist, Unais Gomes, had taken a double dose of ayahuasca and then started screaming at the top of his lungs, Stevens later told CTV News. Stevens said he felt he had no choice but to stab Gomes, who died a short time later.