Last Thursday a Turkish professor was shot dead during an attempted robbery outside the hotel he and his wife were staying at in Orlando. Professor Osman Darcan and his wife were on their honeymoon and had checked into the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive earlier that day. This article from the Daily Sabah has further details about the couple.

While the tourist area in Orlando is largely safe, last August a federal officer on holiday from Texas was pistol whipped and abducted from outside his hotel on Universal Boulevard, a short distance from International Drive.

From Click Orlando

Honeymooning guest shot, killed in robbery attempt at I-Drive resort

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Osman Darcan died in the shooting, which was reported around 1:45 a.m. outside the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive, where Darcan was staying with his wife on their honeymoon.

Orange County sheriff’s deputies said the couple, who are from Turkey, was in the parking lot when a man tried to rob them. The culprit opened fire, shooting Darcan several times, deputies said.

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From the Daily Sabah

Turkish academic murdered on honeymoon in top U.S. tourist destination

The district around International Drive, or “I-Drive” as locals call it, is characterized as among the safest areas in Orlando. The police have assured locals as well as tourists that they will increase the number of patrols according to Orlando Click. “Unfortunately, in the world that we live in today, there’s always danger and we all need to be alert and aware of our surroundings,” Orange County sheriff’s Deputy Rose Silva said to local press. “I know that people are in vacation mode, but there are people out there looking to harm us, so keep your eyes and ears open.”

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