Peruvian mob kills Canadian man accused of killing Indigenous healer

A Canadian man studying hallucinogenic medicine in the Amazon rain forest has been killed by a Peruvian mob, who blame him for murdering a respected elderly shaman.

Sebastian Woodroffe, 41, traveled to Peru to study natural medicine and to seek enlightenment.

However his journey towards 'deeper meaning' took a dark turn when he allegedly shot Indigenous healer Olivia Arevalo Lomas, 81, dead.

Sebastian Woodroffe, 41

Olivia Arevalo, 81

Canadian man Sebastian Woodroffe, 41, was lynched in Peru on Thursday after villagers claimed he fatally shot dead revered Indigenous healer Olivia Arevalo, 81

A graphic image on Facebook reveals Arevalo's body after she was fatally shot twice 

A graphic image on Facebook reveals Arevalo's body after she was fatally shot twice 

Arevalo, a member of the Shipibo-Konibo tribe in the village of Victoria Gracia in northeast Peru, was killed on Thursday by two fatal shots. 

The beloved shaman ran a lucrative healing center that offered ayahuasca - an Indigenous hallucinogenic mixture - to Westerners, according to CBC. 

Woodroffe is believed to be one of her patients.

Peruvian authorities describe Woodroffe as her killer, according to CBC.

Woodroffe was lynched by people of the Ucayali region of the Amazon rain forest who blame him for the healer’s death that same day.

Peruvian police said the Canadian man was brutally dragged by the neck through the rain forest.

A cellphone video released by local press displays a man covered in blood believed to be Woodroffe begging for mercy as he was dragged by a rope around his neck between thatch-roofed homes.

He is last seen in the video motionless on the muddy ground.

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

'The body had been fully identified (as that of Sebastian Woodroffe) using fingerprints,' General Jorge Lam, the lead police officer in the double murder inquiry, said to The Guardian.

Ricardo Palma Jimenez, the head of the group of prosecutors in Ucayali, said that no arrests have been made in relation to Woodroffe’s death.

'We will not rest until both murders, of the Indigenous woman as well as the Canadian man, are solved,' he said in a phone interview to Reuters. 

The Amazon rain forest has long attracted foreigners to experiment with ayahuasca – a dark colored and bitter brew made of a mixture of native plants that includes dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which can lead to psychedelic experiences.

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