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Former Pan American College professor found dead

Edward Simmen, a former professor at Pan American College and Pan American University was found dead July 4 in Puebla, Mexico. Simmen, an 80-year-old Galveston native, was beat to death with a blunt metal object, according to The Monitor.

While at PAC, which changed its name to PAU in 1971, Simmen taught English and composition. He moved from Edinburg to Puebla to teach at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla in the city of Cholula before retiring.

According to the article by The Monitor, Simmen and his personal assistant, Eduardo Mixcoatl Tomé, began giving loans and collecting interest, with Tomé keeping the majority of the profit. When Simmen confronted Tomé and asked him for his share of the earnings, Tomé then asked Simmen to accompany him to the city of San Luis Tehuiloyocan to examine some land that was for sale.

Before arriving to the designated location, the Audi that was being driven was found on the side of the road where Tomalá Cuahuei Gerardo, who was hired by Tomé, proceeded to beat Simmen to death, according to The Monitor.

Tomé was arrested July 6 and local police found and arrested Gerardo July 20. The case has not been closed and is still being investigated.

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