The international community in Mérida is organizing to support the family of a Yucatán police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
Intending only to address a motor vehicle infraction, Officer Raúl Adrián Couoh Ake was beaten and shot after unknowingly pulling over a trio that had just allegedly committed a homicide.
The officer was only 23 and left behind a girlfriend and small child.
“We as always in Hennessy’s Irish Pub want to show our support to the wonderful police force we have in Merida and have teamed up with the Yucatan Times to offer you a way to show your support to this brave policeman and his family,” said Sean Hennessy, proprietor of the restaurant.
In a show of solidarity with the police — and consistent with the traditions of Ireland — from Thursday, July 29 to Thursday, Aug. 5, the public is invited to “buy a drink at Hennessy’s Irish Pub for Raul.”
Sean is offering a choice of three beverages and 100% of the price will go to the fallen officer’s family. Supporters will also receive a raffle ticket that will be drawn on a special music night on Aug. 5. The complete proceeds from the 200-peso cover charge are going to the Raul fund.
The Yucatan Times is also sending a separate donation and helping to promote this fundraiser.
“I honestly believe it is important for us as guests in Merida that we show support for the police force that keeps us one of the safest cities in the world,” Sean said.