Mexican Man Arrested in Cruise Musician's Death

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A Mexican bartender has been charged with the murder of a cruise crew member whose body was recovered from the ocean off of a remote beach in Cozumel over the weekend.

Monkia Markiewicz, a 32-year-old Polish musician, worked aboard Royal Caribbean's 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship. After going ashore in Cozumel last Friday, Markiewicz never returned to the ship. Mexican authorities recovered her body from the water the next day.

Nelson Perez Torres, 24, confessed to hitting Markiewicz in the head with a rock and then throwing her into the ocean, says Francisco Alor, attorney general of Quintana Roo state, where Cozumel is located.

Perez Torres told investigators he and Markiewicz had seen each other three times and were in a relationship. They had met at a bar in Cozumel where he had worked as a bus boy. Alor quoted the suspect as saying the couple was arguing when he pushed her against some rocks and then hit her in the head with a stone. Perez Torres admitted he then threw her body into the ocean.

Several reports indicate the two may have only been casually acquainted and that Perez Torres could have been following Markiewicz before he allegedly killed her along the roadway on her way back to the ship.

"Royal Caribbean's Global Security Department fully supported and assisted Mexican officials in their investigation of the isolated and uncharacteristic crime for Cozumel," says Royal Caribbean in a statement.

"Her untimely death is tragic and has saddened all of us," continues Royal Caribbean, who informed the Markiewicz family in Poland of the recent news.

Photo, Royal Caribbean

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