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Sunday, October 30, 2011

U.S. Airways flight attendant found dead in Mexico City hotel room during layover

Nick Aaronson, a US Airways flight attendant was found strangled to death in his hotel room in Mexico City during a layover

Mexican authorities suspect that a young Phoenix flight attendant who was found strangled in a luggage-strewn Mexico City hotel room during a layover on Saturday morning may have been murdered, according to reports.

Nick Aaronson, who worked for U.S. Airways, was discovered lying naked on the ground next to a bed in his Hilton Hotel room with his hands bound and a belt around his neck, Phoenix's ABC affiliate reported, citing local reports.

There was also evidence that the 27-year-old had been hit several times, the station said.

The U.S. Airways’ flight attendant union said in a statement that it didn't appear that Aaron's hotel room had been broken into, but crew members who were staying at the Hilton had been moved to other hotels as a precaution.

Deborah Volpe, president of the Association of Flight Attendants Council 66, said the young Phoenix native was loved by his fellow flight attendants.

"Tragic, tragic loss," Volpe told ABC.

"He had a smile that could light up the room 20 minutes before he walked into it," she said.

Aaronson had been working with U.S. Air since 2006

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