A couple from Ontario was found beaten and stabbed to death in Mexico in what police are calling a home invasion.
Nina Discombe, 72, and Edward Kular, 84, lived in the lakeside town of Ajijic, according to family and friends. The town, which is 50 kilometres south of Guadalajara, is popular with foreign retirees.
Discombe spends her winters in Mexico but lives in the Ottawa-area during summer months, according to her personal website.
Kular's son told CBC the family is devastated.
"He was an amazing father to all of us, he had several grandchildren and was a great man," Steve Kular said.
Alejandro Grattan, the editor in chief of the English-language El Ojo del Lago newspaper, told CBC News that he was a friend of the victims.
"We're all perplexed and we're in a daze," Grattan said in a telephone interview. "They had many, many friends down here."
Police said the couple's home was looted and that their two vehicles were stolen. Their bodies were discovered by a gardener on Sunday morning.
Grattan questioned whether robbery was the real motive.
"They both were beaten up savagely before they were killed and that's not something that someone who's just there to steal money and jewelry is going to do," he said.
No arrests have been reported yet.
Roberto Arroyo, a spokesman for the municipal government of Chapala, told CBC News in a telephone interview that authorities are looking for a green truck they believe will likely contain items taken from the couple’s home.
Mathieu Roy, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs, told CBC News in an email that Canadian officials are providing assistance to the family of the deceased.
Roy said the department could not provide further information on the case for privacy reasons.
The Canadian government advises travellers to "exercise a high degree of caution" when visiting Mexico, though Ottawa does not currently have a nationwide advisory in effect for the country.