Monday, October 31, 2011

Phoenix flight attendant found dead in Mexico City..

The family of a US Airways flight attendant from Phoenix who was found dead in his Mexico City hotel took to Facebook on Sunday to announce a suspect in his slaying has been arrested.

Tina Swail, a spokeswoman for the Tempe-based airline, said authorities are investigating the death of Nick Aaronson, who was found dead in his hotel with signs of beating and strangulation on Saturday.

Airline officials did not confirm the arrest of a suspect in the case and said all questions about the investigation should be referred to Mexican authorities.

Anita Aaronson, the victim's mother, posted a note on Facebook about 9 a.m. Sunday saying the FBI had contacted the family about an arrest in the case.

The page includes a picture of Anita Aaronson with her son. Other posts on the page list information about when Nick Aaronson's body will be returned to the family and support from Facebook followers.

A message sent to the Facebook page was not immediately returned.

Aaronson's flight crew had a layover in Mexico City. His body was found sometime before 4:30 a.m.

"It's tragic. We are caring for our co-workers," said Deborah Volpe, president of Association of Flight Attendants Council 66, adding that crews were struggling with the loss.

Volpe said Aaronson was "very popular" and "very loved" by fellow employees.

"We're a tight-knit group in Phoenix," she added.

Aaronson's LinkedIn Web page said he began working for US Airways in 2006 and studied communications at Rio Salado College in Tempe.

A statement on the union's website said there did not appear to be a safety breach at the hotel where Aaronson was found.

Union officials said that layover crews have been moved to another location.

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