The Paraguayan prosecutor specializing in the fight against drugs and organized crime, Marcelo Pecci, was shot dead this Tuesday on an island in Colombia close to the city of Cartagena where he spent his honeymoon, reported his wife and the Colombian police.
pecci had married the journalist Claudia Aguilera Quintana on April 30 and chose Cartagena as a destination to spend their honeymoon.
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According to La FM, the couple arrived in Cartagena four days agoas and was visiting the tourist places of the city. It was then that Claudia Aguilera decided to announce the news of her pregnancy through her social networks. For this, he used a photograph where the couple is seen on the beach and in the foreground some small red baby shoes. The post was three hours before confirmed the murder of the Paraguayan prosecutor.
General Jorge Luis Vargas, director of the police, stated that Pecci was attacked on the island of Barú (north) and that he made “the urgent, rapid decision to send five officials from the homicide team” to the area.
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“Two men arrived in a boat, approached, shot him (…) and left,” said Aerie in an interview with W Radio.
“A guard wanted to get closer but they also shot the guard,” he added.
According to the journalist, the prosecutor had “no threat.”
General Vargas announced that a Paraguayan “commission of officers” will arrive in Colombia to join the investigation team and that the investigations will be supported by United States authorities.
The president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, reacted on Twitter: “the cowardly murder of prosecutor Marcelo Pecci in Colombia mourns the entire Paraguayan Nation. We condemn this tragic event in the strongest terms and redouble our commitment to fight organized crime.”
Colombia is the largest producer of cocaine in the world, according to the UN, while the United States is the largest consumer of this drug.
Despite having signed a historic peace agreement in 2016, the country is experiencing an armed conflict of more than half a century that faces guerrillas, paramilitaries, drug traffickers and state agents.
With information from AFP