Paraguayan anti-drug prosecutor Marcelo Pecci was shot and died on the Colombian tourism island of Baru during his honeymoon with his wife on Tuesday.
According to the Paraguayan journalist and wife of Claudia Aguilera, two shots knocked down Pecci while they were relaxing on a beach in Baru at around 10:30 AM.
Aguilera said that two men approached the couple on a private beach connected to their hotel before gunmen shot her husband.
Aguilera added that Pecci did not receive any threats before the incident.
“Two men attacked Marcelo. They came in a small boat, or on a jet ski, the truth is I did not see well,” Aguilera told the El Tiempo newspaper.
Pecci married the Aguilera in April and recently uploaded photos on social media showing the Baru peninsula in the Caribbean, south of the Colombian city of Cartagena.
Aguilera had announced her pregnancy on Instagram just hours before the shooting.
General Jorge Luis Vargas, Colombia’s national police chief, said that Paraguayan police will join the investigation into Pecci’s murder.
“We have information that is being collected in urgent efforts and which is confidential which will help us to identify those responsible for this regrettable occurrence,” Vargas said.
Vargas added that officials from the United States will also assist in the investigation.
Vargas offered a reward of about $122,000 for information that could help solve the crime and identify people suspected of involvement.
“We need to identify them, to urgently uncover their possible connection to the events, to Pecci’s murder,” Vargas said, adding that authorities had deployed officers at airports and on the roads.
Paraguayan President Mario Abdo said that the ‘cowardly assassination of the prosecutor Marcelo Pecci in Colombia saddens all of the Paraguayan nation’.
“We condemn in the most energetic terms this tragic occurrence and redouble our commitment in the fight against organized crime,” Abdo said on Twitter.
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