California man killed in Brazil after meeting Internet `fiancee'

Full story: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

SAN BRUNO, Calif. The lonely, divorced carpenter thought he was going to Brazil to make wedding plans.

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Nov 1, 2006
 
How sad.
geez, let this be a lesson to go to Nevada and get a prostitute next time.
Emma

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Nov 1, 2006
 
What a sad story, why go to another country to buy a wife. There are plenty of women right here in the USA that will marry you for your money.
Be Careful Out There

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Nov 1, 2006
 
Same thing happened to a local guy about a year ago in Jamaica.
LogiTech

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Nov 1, 2006
 
Sad story.But thats what you get for meeting people off this dating services, yahoo, msn, myspace, and aol. For anyone who wants to meet a special someone this way think twice before you do so, especially MEN !! There are alot of good women in the US who cant find decent man because all the decent men spend too much time on the internet trying to meet woman who are full of lies.
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Nov 1, 2006
 
How dissapointing and greusome! killing someone with copper wire and setting them to flames! someone who loves u?
and paid a ton of money to make u happy and u werent satisfyed. Stupid lady! Dont go to brazil! that teaches us all a lesson!
Cameron

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Nov 1, 2006
 

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Wow, that was extreme. Nah, I wouldn't say don't go to Brazil, this could happen anywhere. Don't let a bad apple make it bad for everyone. The sad thing is he did all of that for love. And that is what it got him. While I believe in following your dreams and your heart, people that loves you sometimes see things that you are so blind to because you are so caugth up your with emotions. At least take into consideration what they are saying, and good friend will not stare you wrong. However in the end the decision is solely yours. Poor guy, rest in peace.
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Nov 1, 2006
 
Thats right Brazil us full of violence. Murder, corruption, prostitution and drugs rule the country. Brazil has a high percentage of AIDS. We have enough problems trying to figure out who is saying the truth men/women around here needless to say someone you meet on the internet! Open your eyes folks!
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Nov 2, 2006
 
Bah. Just thinning the herd.
JEEEEZ

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Nov 2, 2006
 
Jim wrote:
What a sad story, why go to another country to buy a wife. There are plenty of women right here in the USA that will marry you for your money.
soooo funny...sad....BUT...very true!!!
yaman

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Nov 2, 2006
 
them dirty south american peices of ass. and we keep letting these animal into this country. send them back
yaman

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Nov 2, 2006
 
What would make u ever even want to go to a third world country like brasil thats like vacationing to somalia
Cameron wrote:
Wow, that was extreme. Nah, I wouldn't say don't go to Brazil, this could happen anywhere. Don't let a bad apple make it bad for everyone. The sad thing is he did all of that for love. And that is what it got him. While I believe in following your dreams and your heart, people that loves you sometimes see things that you are so blind to because you are so caugth up your with emotions. At least take into consideration what they are saying, and good friend will not stare you wrong. However in the end the decision is solely yours. Poor guy, rest in peace.
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#14
Nov 2, 2006
 
I had a South American clean out my bank account. But she lived in Hialeah.
Dan

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Nov 7, 2006
 
Sao Jose dos Campos in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil is certainly not a tourists area for an american. Raymond Merrill does not speak portuguese. He is going there for the third time. He knows lots of money is being spent on his credit card. Regina is calling him a stupid effing american. The vehicle that he bought was not good enough. Money to run a business. How could you handle this all by yourself. If you can't speak their language, you should have gotten the police involved. The daughter which is the translator is going to support the mother. He needed more help than just himself. Love was really blind here.
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Dec 28, 2006
 
This story hits me a little hard. I was in his position too after a hard divorce. I looked to the internet for love to replace the void and found a woman in Brazil. I didn't realize how dangerous this could have been until I read this story. I feel truly sadened for the loss of this musically gifted and selfless man.
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#17
Dec 28, 2006
 
That is very sad. I am from Brazil and yes, Brazil is a violent country. I speak portuguese and I have family there, but I am too scared to take my kids. The poverty, crime and drugs are beyond being able to explain in words.I have a lot of single girlfriends that tell me there no decent guys out there. Maybe , people have just became too self serving and picky . I don't know. From what I hear, men just want sex and thats it. No commitment... Gee, I guess I should be fortunate that I am happily married.
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Jan 3, 2007
 
This is indeed a sad story, however, I hope this is not going to give Americans the impression that ALL women in Brazil are like that. I am Brazilian with dual citizenship. I have been in the US for over 30 years but have always gone back to Brazil. Through the years I noticed that the violence was increasing. I returned to Brazil a few years ago to take care of my dying mon and sufferred a traumatic assault from five bandits; I truly felt my hours were counted. The violence is rampant, it does not matter if you on the streets or home. It is truly sad to see a beautiful peace loving people/country to turn as violent as Iraq or Somalia. In fact, there is a section of Rio de Janeiro that has been nicknamed "Little Baghdad" - wonder why? I myself returned to the US for fear of my life. You cannot trust anybody there literally, not even a member of your family. The poverty, drugs and prostitution has ruined the country. I sincerely hope that Brazil will go back being the beautiful loving country it was in 10 years past. Lula WAKE UP bastard!
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Jan 3, 2007
 
By way, my condolescence for the family of this poor man.

“Getting over the wrong guy ”

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Jan 3, 2007
 
So many lonely people in the world, how sad. My prayers are with this man's family & friends.
ivian

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Jan 10, 2007
 
hello
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#23
Jan 21, 2007
 
ive met a wonderful brazilian in rio who is more interested in me moving to brazil than coming to us or the fact that i wont make much. it certainly would not work, but the point is that there are good humans in brazil branded by a few violent loosers and ignorant or blinded foreigners.

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