Man Loses Life at Bed and Breakfast Rental

A 36-year-old man who rented a room through Airbnb was allegedly murdered by three men who lived in the home. Local media reported the victim was Ramis Jonuzi, a Melbourne man who was using Airbnb to find temporary accommodations while seeking more permanent housing. The Airbnb he found, located in Brighton East, was reportedly $30 a night.

But the “energy” in the house didn’t feel right, Jonuzi told a friend, and he planned to cut his stay short to seek housing elsewhere. He packed up to leave on Oct. 25 but, according to Australian newspaper The Age, he was attacked on the front lawn by the home’s three occupants, raped and murdered.

According to BBC News, paramedics responding to the scene found Jonuzi suffering from heart failure. He was rushed to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Jonuzi’s cause of death has not been released, and investigators are still on the scene.

Victoria police announced they arrested three men in connection with the crime; they were identified by local media as Craig Levy, 36, Ryan Smart, 37, and Jason Colton, 41.

“We have removed this listing from our platform and will fully cooperate with law enforcement on their investigation,” Airbnb said in a statement issued to the Washington Post. “There is no place on Airbnb for such an abhorrent act, which violates everything our global community stands for.”

Levy, Smart and Colton are expected to appear in court on March 22.

Crime Statistics

2014 Crime Facts at a Glance According to the Texas Department of Public Safety:

  • There were 913,403 index crime offenses reported with a 20.3 percent clearance rate for Texas in 2014.
  • The crime rate for the State of Texas was 3,392.2 index offenses for every 100,000 inhabitants.
  • During 2014, Texas law enforcement officers made 878,686 arrests. Of those arrested, 6.6 percent were 16 years of age and under.
  • Firearms were used in 63.3 percent of all murders reported.
  • There were 65,338 aggravated assaults reported. Of these, 21.3 percent were committed by the use of hands, fists, and also feet; 21.4 percent involved a knife or cutting instrument, and 24.2 percent involved a firearm.
  • 185,817 family violence incidents during 2014. There were 201,051 victims and 195,511 offenders.
  • There were 18,756 sexual assault incidents reported with 19,834 victims and 19,821 offenders.

Wrongful Death Attorneys

While this incident did not occur in Texas, crimes like this do happen and families are left dealing with the aftermath. After families lose a loved one, they can feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Texas Wrongful Death law offers compensation for damages from a variety of different sources. If you have a loved one that has been a victim of wrongful death, contact our Wrongful Death Attorneys today.