Mexico City, MEXICO – Three American tourists visiting Mexico City to celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” last month were found dead inside their Airbnb, and now more details about what happened have been released.
The boyfriend of 28-year-old Kandace Florence told People that his girlfriend and two of her friends had rented an apartment through Airbnb in Mexico’s capital city and everything was fine until she called him feeling “drugged” on Oct. 30.
Victor Day, 30, said Florence was traveling with her high school friend, 28-year-old Jordan Marshall, and his friend, Courtez Hall.
Florence owned a candle company in Virginia Beach and Marshall was a 12th grade teacher at Rosenwald Collegiate High School in New Orleans, NBC News reported.
Day said he spoke with Florence earlier in the evening on the night she died, according to People.
“Everything was good. She just said that they were out, they were drinking, everything was fine,” he explained.
The boyfriend said a little while later he saw pictures posted to Florence’s social media showed the trio celebrating at a rooftop bar.
But then about two hours later, Day said he received a disturbing text from his girlfriend after she and her friends returned to the Airbnb they had rented, People reported.
Florence wrote that she was feeling “tired” and emotional.
“I write her, ‘What’s wrong?’ and she says, ‘I’m just not OK. I wanna go home,’” Day explained. “And I write her, ‘You’re not enjoying it. What’s wrong though?’ She says, ‘I feel drugged.’ And I say, ‘Where’s Jordan? Are you home or out?’”
Day said Florence told him she had just gotten back to their Airbnb, People reported.
“‘I feel like I took Molly. I’m literally in pain. I’m, like, shaking,’” he said she told him.
He asked Florence if somebody could have spiked her drink with something, People reported.
“If you didn’t watch your drink the whole time, you may have gotten drugged. Her last text to me was, ‘I wasn’t complacent,’” Day recalled.
“Three minutes later, she FaceTimes me and that’s when I clearly see she’s vomiting. She’s been crying. I mean her whole face was wet, crying or vomiting or maybe she splashed water on her face,” he told People.
Day said he hoped that his girlfriend would be able to sleep off whatever she might have ingested.
He said he fell asleep on the phone with her and when he woke up, his girlfriend’s cell phone was facing the floor but still on.
“So, I don’t see anything. But I could hear something going on in the background and I put the phone to my ear, and it sounds like her vomiting or dry heaving, or both,” Day told People.
“And so that to me is what eats me up,” the boyfriend said. “Because knowing that I could have helped a little bit more, knowing that at that moment I probably could have called the police. I could have done something but instead I went to sleep.”
Day realized something was seriously wrong when he couldn’t get in touch with Florence later in the day, People reported.
So, he contacted the Airbnb’s host in the capital’s La Rosita neighborhood to go check on the tourist trio.
“‘Something is terribly wrong. I need someone to check on the apartment,’” Day messaged the host. “And we go back and forth for a little bit and eventually she tells me, okay, she’s sending her security into the apartment.”
Moments later, the host told him that his friends had no vital signs and medical personnel had been called, People reported.
Mexico City prosecutors said that preliminary toxicology results indicated that the three Americans had died from carbon monoxide poisoning, NBC News reported.
The U.S. Department of State confirmed the deaths in a statement.
“We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance,” the statement read.
Airbnb told NBC News it has suspended the listing and canceled coming reservations for the rental where Florence, Marshall, and Hall died while it investigated the incident.