When you think of Puerto Rico, what comes to mind? Sun-soaked beaches, beautiful scenery, and the iconic Luis Fonsi song “Despacito”, right? Unfortunately, a recent incident in the La Perla neighborhood of Puerto Rico has put a dark stain on the beautiful island.
Early Monday morning, three American tourists were stabbed after they were told to stop filming in the La Perla neighborhood. Carlos Sanchez Brown, 39, from South Carolina, Wallace Florence, 37, also from South Carolina, and Jackson Tremayne, 38, from Georgia, were the unfortunate victims of the attack.
The incident began when Brown began recording video of a hamburger cart, but some locals told him to stop and leave the area. The trio of tourists tried to escape by making their way to the Old San Juan neighborhood, but they soon realized that they were being followed. When they reached Imperial Street near the Museum of Art and History, a person armed with a knife stabbed Brown in the left forearm and plunged the blade six times into Tremayne’s body.
The La Perla neighborhood is made famous by Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” music video and has a long history of violence and crime. In fact, just two years ago, a visitor from Delaware was killed and set on fire after taking photos while buying drugs in La Perla.
The incident in La Perla is a reminder that even the most beautiful places in the world can have a dark side. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and respect local customs when traveling. We hope the victims of this attack make a full recovery and that Puerto Rico continues to be a safe and welcoming destination for tourists.