US comedian Tou Ger Xiong seen having a blast at Karol G concert days before he was murdered

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American comedian and activist Tou Ger Xiong filmed himself happily partying at a large concert in Colombia just days before his body was discovered after going on a date with a woman he met online — something the US Embassy has warned tourists against.

Xiong, 50, an Asian American living in Minnesota, was all smiles on Dec. 3 when he recorded himself among the boisterous crowd attending a much-anticipated Karol G concert in Medellín.

The comedian yelled and cheered as he was surrounded by fireworks, smoke and lasers, with the crowd roaring as the Latin Grammy winner could be heard singing on stage and wishing for her fans “to be happy.”

A week later, Xiong had plans to go on a date with a mystery woman he met on social media, but he was instead attacked and kidnapped by a group of men, with his body found in a ravine, according to local newspaper El Colombiano.

The comedian appears to be the latest victim of a honeytrap scheme prevalent in major Colombian cities, including Medellín, where wealthy tourists are lured into dangerous situations by women they’ve met online, only to be assaulted by gangs.

Tou Ger Xiong, 50, cheered as he was surrounded by fireworks and lasers at a huge Karol G concert in Colombia. Facebook / Tou Ger Xiong
The crowd roared as the singer told all her fans “to be happy.” Facebook / Tou Ger Xiong

“One of the most popular methods to target unsuspecting individuals is through online dating applications,” the US Embassy in Bogota said in a warning over the summer.

“Foreigners are routinely targeted through online dating applications or in bars and nightclubs.”

According to embassy officials, the victims of such scams are often drugged with the dangerous sedative known as scopolamine — an odorless, tasteless, memory-blocking substance that puts the victim in a trance-like state.

Xiong appeared to be the latest victim of honeytrap schemes targeting wealthy tourists in major Colombian cities. Tou Ger Xiong / Facebook
The beloved Minnesota comedian left to meet a woman he connected with online on Dec. 10. Tou Ger Xiong / Facebook

The drug can be hidden in food and beverages and can render the victim unconscious for up to 24 hours.

It’s unclear if the substance was found in Xiong’s body, as his grieving brother Eh is currently working with US Embassy officials to bring his sibling back to Minnesota. He added that one suspect has already been taken into custody.

Eh and a friend had last heard from Xiong on the day of the kidnapping, at around 7 p.m. local time, where men demanded they hand over $2,000 in cash for the comedian’s release.

Xiong’s body was found in a ravine with multiple stab wounds. CBS

Xiong also told his friend, who filed the police report, that he was being “held at gunpoint,” according to KSTP.

Hours earlier, police were at the apartment Xiong had been staying at because a woman was taking items from the residence and ran off before police could arrest her, officials told the outlet.

Xiong’s body was eventually found lying in the La Corcovado ravine with more than a dozen stab wounds and multiple bruises caused by an apparent fall from over 60 feet, according to the El Colombiano.

Local law enforcement confirmed the suspects murdered Xiong before a payment was made, and an investigation was opened to determine if Xiong’s death was caused because of an attempted escape.

Xiong called his brother and a friend, and men were heard on the line demanding $2,000. Tou Ger Xiong / Facebook

Xiong’s case is eerily similar to the death of another Asian American tourist who traveled to Colombia to attend the concert of another one of Latin America’s biggest stars.

Last year, California-based logistics consultant Paul Nguyen, 27, traveled to Medellín for a vacation and to catch a Bad Bunny concert when he went on Tinder and matched with a woman.

His body was found beside a dumpster, with police finding evidence of a sedative used to knock him unconscious and rob him, Vice reported.

Xiong was also an advocate who spoke out against racial discrimination. Tou Ger Xiong / Facebook

Police later arrested Evelyn Henao Herrera, who was accused of working with two gang members who allegedly ran robberies set up through dating apps.

Xiong’s murder marks the 27th violent death of a non-migrant foreigner this year in Colombia’s Aburra Valley, according to the Medellín District Office.

Antioquia, the state where Medellin is, has seen kidnapping soar by 88% in 2003, according to the National Police. At least 49 cases were reported as of Oct. 31.


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