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The macabre details of the murder of the Colombian DJ Valentina Trespalacios whose body was found in a suitcase


The suspect in killing Valentina Trespalacios and leaving her body in a dumpster, American John Nelson Poulos, is married in the US and has three children, including a boy with cancer who was a guest of Republican leader Paul Ryan in 2018 .

New details have emerged about the American suspected of the murder of Colombian DJ Valentina Trespalacios, 23, after Panamanian authorities handed over John Nelson Poulos to Colombian justice this week.

Poulos is married in the United States and the father of three children, one of whom is a cancer survivor and was an honored guest of then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan during the state of the union address in 2018.


Poulos, 6, from Wisconsin, is a fighter who beat a very rare form of cancer.

He has now received a positive medical scan and I'm happy to have him as my #SOTU guest,” Ryan tweeted in January 2018. 

In the photo that Ryan shared, the father of the minor and now accused of the murder of the emerging Colombian artist can be seen smiling while his son affectionately greets the Republican leader.

Little Jackson Poulos suffered since he was 4 years old from an unusual type of childhood cancer known as rhabdomyosarcoma, which was in an advanced state.

For his expensive medical treatment, he received help from various charities, as well as a viral campaign in 2016 on the GoFundMe fundraising website.

The family raised nearly $60,000 on the platform, which has stopped accepting any further donations since the arrest of the boy's father.

Jackson Poulos underwent a complicated surgery lasting more than 13 hours in 2017, in which more than 150 tumors were removed from his body, The Daily Mail reports.

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According to Billboard magazine, Valentina Trespalacios had "an overwhelming and mesmerizing personality."

The publication claimed that she was a "pioneer about to take off."

Her femicide has shocked Colombia and the region.

strangled to death

They met through a dating app, according to Semana.

A friend of Valentina assured that he was "jealous and possessive" and that he had already traveled to Colombia twice to meet her.

In a turn of events, Poulos, 35, of Wisconsin, has now been flown to Colombia to face charges for the murder of the successful young woman.

He arrived in Panama on Monday from Bogotá.

Police said Colombia had issued an Interpol alert against the American as a suspect in the femicide of DJ Valentina Trespalacios.

The arrest of US citizen John Nelson Poulos, the main suspect in the murder of Colombian DJ Valentina Trespalacios, in Bogotá, Colombia, on January 26, 2023. Attorney General's Office / Attorney General's Office EFE

Panamanian police intelligence officials alerted the Migration authorities that the person involved was at the Tocumen International Airport, where he was trying to board a flight to Istanbul.

On Wednesday, Colombian officials arrived in Panama to take the detainee away.

The body of the young Colombian woman was found inside a suitcase that a man looking for recycling found inside a garbage container in the Fontibón neighborhood of the Colombian capital, near the El Dorado International Airport.

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Likewise, the phone of the murdered young woman was found at the airport in a garbage can, according to local media.

The cause of death of the professional DJ, according to Legal Medicine, was by hanging.

The body had five pressure lines on the chest and multiple bruises.

Lawyer Miguel Ángel del Río, who represents the victim's family, told local media that Poulos faces 50 years in prison for "aggravated femicide" and "concealment and manipulation of evidence" for having disposed of the cell phone. of Trespalacios.

Source: telemundo

All news articles on 2023-01-29

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