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Latino Daily News

Monday January 9, 2012

Narco House & Tourist Attraction Where Pablo Escobar Gunned Down is Sold

The house where Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar died, a must-see for tourists in the northwestern city of Medellin, is up for sale, the daily El Tiempo said Monday.

The house in the Los Olivos neighborhood was inhabited for two months by the world’s then-most-wanted man until the day he died on Dec. 2, 1993.

The current owner, Omar Restrepo, an importer of heavy machinery, purchased it in 2008.

“I was looking for a house that could be remodeled to my taste and a gentlemen introduced me to the attorney handling it. When we were about to close the deal he said he had something to tell me - that Pablo Escobar was murdered in this house,” the daily said.

Nonetheless, Restrepo bought the property, which had been empty for more than 15 years and at one time was a hideout for thieves and hired guns.

Escobar died at the hands of a task force organized by the President Cesar Gaviria government after the kingpin’s movie-thriller escape from La Catedral Prison in the Medellin suburb of Envigado.

The head of the Medellin cartel was gunned down on the roof of this house while attempting to elude the police operation.

Restrepo had a lot of fixing up to do on the house because of the way it had been ransacked. Thieves had made off with the furniture, bathroom fixtures, locks and even the electric wiring.

“I even changed the drainage system, laid new flooring and put in some luxury features, but I kept the general appearance so the house wouldn’t lose its historic value,” he said.