Jorge Guillen, an American tourist, electrocuted in a Mexican hot tub, was days from finishing his university studies: ‘Heart of gold’

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The American tourist who died after being electrocuted while relaxing in a hot tub with his wife in Mexico on Tuesday was remembered for his “heart of gold” and was due to graduate from college on Friday.

Jorge Guillen, of El Paso, Texas, was identified Thursday by local media as the victim of a freak accident at a private Puerto Penasco resort, Sonoran Sea Resort.

Local authorities said his wife Lizette Zambrano, 35, was seriously injured and was rushed to a hospital in the United States.

Couple Jorge Guillen and Lizzette Zambrano. Document to distribute to the family

Video posted on social media shows people surrounding the spa after running to help the couple, who have dual Mexican-American citizenship, the Associated Press reported.

“Jorge had a heart of gold and was always there for his family and friends,” family friends wrote on a fundraising page. “The love they shared was the same for ages.”

The GoFundMe has raised nearly $40,000 for the grieving family.

Guillen was a night student at Western Technical College studying refrigeration/HVAC and was scheduled to attend graduation Friday, the school said, according to KTSM.

“Those who knew George knew he was enthusiastic. He was passionate. He loved HVAC,” school president Dr. Maxine Valencia told KFOX14.

“He was a real great family man. Certainly a very respectable professional young man.

“He’s part of our family so it hurts,” she added.

The scene following the apparent electrocution.

A moment of silence is planned during Friday’s ceremony and his classmates are expected to speak to other graduates about the person he was.

Guillen previously worked at the Otero County Processing Center as a detention guard between 2011 and 2018, KTSM reported.

“We are saddened to learn of the loss of Mr. Guillen, who was an excellent employee and friend,” the treatment center said.

“We extend our condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.”

The freak accident occurred at a private resort in Puerto Penasco, Sonoran Sea Resort.

Zambrano is currently in Arizona, where she is receiving treatment after suffering burns consistent with electrocution, the El Paso Times reported, citing a friend.

She is a former teacher who worked for an El Paso school system, the newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, Sonoran Resort Inc. Chief Sales Officer Jim Ringquist said Thursday the company was “terribly devastated by the recent tragedy at Sonoran Resort, according to CBS News.”

Lizette Zambrano, 35, was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital in the United States. Document to distribute to the family

He pointed out that he works for the developers of Sonoran Resorts, who do not manage the condos once they are built.

The property was deeded to the owners and owners in 2004, he noted.

The Sonora state attorney general’s office said authorities were investigating the causes of the deadly scene.

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