A prime lawyer who put gangsters and drug traffickers behind bars has been killed by gunmen whereas on honeymoon along with his pregnant spouse.
Marcelo Pecci was shot in Cartagena, Colombia, as he and reporter Claudia Aguilera sunbathed on a seaside following their marriage ceremony in April.
Hours earlier she had posted a photograph of the couple posing with child sneakers, writing: ‘The very best marriage ceremony present… the approaching life that could be a testimony to the sweetest love.’
Paraguayan Mr Pecci, 45, was gunned down by two males close to the Decameron Baru Resort. His spouse – who was not damage – stated one of many gunmen received off a jet ski and ‘with out saying a phrase shot Marcelo twice, as soon as within the face and as soon as within the again’.
The assassins additionally fired at a safety guard, who was unharmed.
Paraguayan president Mario Abdo Benitez condemned the ‘cowardly homicide’ and vowed to redouble the warfare on organised crime.
Talking for the primary time about Tuesday morning’s crime, Mrs Aguilera stated: ‘The day started peacefully and we determined to go to the seaside after breakfast, the view is spectacular and it’s our honeymoon.’
She added in quotes carried by Colombian newspaper El Tiempo: ‘Two males attacked Marcelo.
‘They reached the seaside on a small boat or jet ski I feel, though the reality is I didn’t see it correctly.’
Recounting how the killers fled on the identical jet ski they’d used to succeed in the seaside, she stated: ‘We have been helped by different individuals who have been on the seaside however he was already useless.’
She advised the paper: ‘We hadn’t acquired any threats.
‘Every part occurred so shortly. All I bear in mind clearly have been the photographs and Marcelo on the sand.
‘The person went straight for Marcelo, he simply checked out him and shot him, he didn’t say something.’
A ‘excessive command’ legal investigation unit had been despatched to Cartagena, Colombian defence minister Diego Molano stated.
Paraguayan and US officers shall be built-in into the unit to assist establish and prosecute the perpetrators, police stated.
Mr Pecci was investigating a number of high-profile circumstances in Paraguay, together with a capturing at a live performance in January the place an alleged drug trafficker and a soccer participant’s spouse have been killed.
Paraguay is South America’s largest marijuana producer.
Rising the plant continues to be unlawful in that nation and far of the crop is smuggled into Argentina and Brazil.
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