A Retired Professor from University of British Columbia, Peter Winterburn was stabbed to death while walking with his wife and daughter in the city of Valparaiso, Chile.
According to a report in the newspaper La Tercera, the 56 year old man was walking with his wife and daughter when two men approached him and tried to steal his backpack. It was reported that Winterburn resisted the men and was fatally stabbed. The federal police in Chile and now searching for the attackers.
A spokesperson from from Global Affairs Canada confirmed that a Canadian had been murdered in Chile.
The mayor of Valparaiso said that instances like this in the city are “rare” and that the city will use all of its resources to track down the perpetrators.
Winterburn had recently relocated to Chili with his family at the time of the incidence. In a Facebook post the ‘MDRU’ said they are “deeply sadden by his tragic death”
Winterburn was a retired geochemistry professor from the University of British Columbia that was well respected in his field.
A statement by the 29th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium set to be held in Chile next year had recently moved back to Chile after being away from the country for many years.
Before working at UBC, Winterburn worked 17 years in the minerals industry for AngloAmerican and Vale. He held a Ph.D from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.