From 1998-1999, Luis Gilberto Murillo served as governor of the the Colombian state of Chocó, in the country's Pacific Coast Region. On June 16, 2000, armed paramilitaries kidnapped Sr. Murillo in the suburbs of Bogota and held him for 24 hours, threatening to kill him and his family if he did not pay around $250,000. US$. After that terrifying experience, and frustrated by the inability or unwillingness of the government security forces to protect him, Sr. Murillo brought his family into exile in the US. A person of striking intelligence and integrity, Sr.