In Peru, a Canadian man was reportedly lynched and killed by a mob after a Shipibo-Conibo activist and healer was murdered. Our Sebastian Woodroffe wiki gives you a look at the available facts on his alleged murder and what led up to it. We also have a brief clip of the moment before the alleged lynching of Woodroffe.
Sebastian Woodroffe Wiki
Sebastian Woodroffe was a 41-year-old man from Comox Valley in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. He was born on October 26, 1976.
According to a Facebook page reported to be his, Woodroffe leaves behind a nine-year-old son named Piper. It does not appear as though Woodroffe was married at the time of his death.
Woodroffe enjoyed traveling (other than Peru, he’d also recently been to Hawaii and Mexico), fishing, skiing, soccer, cycling, and Frisbee.
Not much is known about Woodroffe’s occupation before he made his move to Peru prior to his death. In the past, Woodroffe seems to have worked a number of odd jobs, including as a fisherman and a professional diver.
According to his YouTube channel, Sacred Circle, a family member’s struggle with addiction inspired Woodroffe to make a major change in his life. He decided he wanted to become an addictions counselor and research non-conventional ways of healing for those afflicted.
In a related Indiegogo campaign, Woodroffe announced that he was starting school in September 2014 to prepare for his new life’s work.
In one of his videos, Woodroffe explained his motivation, saying that he wanted to “fix the family spirit” and help other people struggling with alcohol addiction or other types of dependency.
His Passion Led Him to Peru
Woodroffe had a passionate interest in natural healing and medicine. His Facebook profile timeline has numerous posts on natural healing and the practices of Canada’s Indigenous people. One post from July 2017 had Woodroffe looking for a monastery to spend time in.
In this YouTube video on mushroom picking, he discussed his belief in nature’s powers and how connecting with it can promote emotional and spiritual healing.
It is this interest that led Woodroffe to journey to Peru.
According to his Indiegogo post, he felt as though he could do a lot of good work in the field of addiction recovery by learning about plant-based natural medicines.
It was on this campaign page that the Canadian man announced his intention to apprentice with a man who was a Shipibo plant healer in Peru for several months. Woodroffe planned to integrate his Western education with traditional Peruvian medicine.
He said that his long-term goal was to “create a platform for this teaching in the form of a healing/detox center based around plant medicine and nature.”
It’s not known if he ended up studying with that particular Shipibo healer, as his fundraising goal was never reached, but we do know that he made it to Peru.
Peru, Ayahuasca, and Murder
According to friends of Woodroffe, he first traveled to Peru in 2016 in order to try ayahuasca, a drink made by a number of Indigenous people in the Peruvian part of the Amazon jungle. The drink has hallucinogenic properties that have long been used as a way to expand the drinker’s consciousness.
In this most recent trip to Peru, Woodroffe was reportedly learning about the uses of ayahuasca and other local natural healing techniques from Olivia Arevalo Lomas. She was a local healer and rights activist for the Shipibo-Conibo people.
On Thursday, April 19, Lomas was found dead in her home in the Ucayali region of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. She had been shot in the head twice.
According to local Peruvian media, the killer drove up to Lomas’ home on a motorcycle and called for her. When she came outside, the killer shot her twice in the head.
Since the investigation into Lomas’ murder hadn’t been completed, suspicion among the local villagers turned towards the outsider from Canada: Sebastian Woodroffe.
The Alleged Lynching of Sebastian Woodroffe
On Friday, April 20, a group of locals allegedly accosted Woodroffe about the murder of Lomas. He was not officially accused, but the mob had made up its mind.
He is believed to have been beaten and then dragged away by a man who had a rope around Woodroffe’s neck.
Ucayali officials later determined that Woodroffe had died due to strangulation.
Most of the incident was captured on video and uploaded to various social media web sites. Officials are using the video to pinpoint who is actually behind Woodroffe’s death.
The following is a short clip of a portion of that video, showing a moment just before the alleged lynching. Warning: Some viewers may find this clip disturbing. It is not suitable for minors.
Woodroffe’s family has been contacted by both Peruvian and Canadian government officials, but at the time of this writing, they have not chosen to comment on the story.
A long-time friend of Woodroffe’s, Yarrow Willard, posted a short Instagram video of a candle burning with the message: “In honour of those who are no longer with us.”