Paraguay’s prosecutor in charge of organized crime and drug trafficking cases, Marcelo Pecci, was killed by gunmen on a Colombian beach while on honeymoon with his new wife, who said the attackers had come by jetski or small boat.
The hotel where the couple was staying said the attackers arrived on a jetski and shot Pecci while the couple was on the beach. Aguilera, who was unhurt in the attack, said one of them escaped and “without saying a word, shot Marcelo twice, once in the face and once in the the back”.
The gunmen also shot a security guard, who was not injured, the hotel said.
Pecci married journalist Claudia Aguilera in April. She recently shared photos on social media showing her with Pecci on the Baru Peninsula in the Caribbean, south of the Colombian city of Cartagena.
Hours before the attack, she posted a photo on social media showing herself and her husband with a pair of baby shoes with the message: “The best wedding gift…life is approaching which bears witness to the sweetest love.”
Colombian Foreign Minister and Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez said authorities were working to clarify “the motives and perpetrators of this heinous crime”.
Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano said a “high command” criminal investigation unit had been sent to Cartagena, and Paraguayan and US officials would help identify and prosecute the perpetrators, police say .
Colombian National Police Director General Jorge Luis Vargas said he was unaware Pecci was in Colombia. He said Pecci was one of the most watched people in Paraguay since he was “investigating cases of international terrorism”.
Pecci was investigating several high-profile cases in Paraguay, including a shooting at a concert in January where a suspected drug dealer and the wife of a footballer were killed.
Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez denounced the prosecutor’s “cowardly murder” on Twitter and pledged to step up efforts against organized crime.
Paraguay is South America’s largest marijuana producer. Cultivation of the plant is still illegal, with much of the harvest being smuggled into Argentina and Brazil.