Dominican Republic cabinet minister Orlando Jorge Mera killed by pal Fausto Miguel de Jesús Cruz de la Mota: officials

Dominican Republic cabinet minister Orlando Jorge Mera killed by pal Fausto Miguel de Jesús Cruz de la Mota: officials

The Dominican Republic’s minister of the surroundings and pure sources was shot lifeless inside his workplace by a childhood buddy Monday, the president’s workplace mentioned.

Orlando Jorge Mera was shot a number of instances by his pal Fausto Miguel de Jesús Cruz de la Mota, who surrendered after confessing to the crime to a priest at an area church, authorities mentioned.

Cruz, 56, additionally handed over a gun to the priest.

Legislation enforcement contacted Cruz whereas he was nonetheless contained in the church and he promised to show himself in with out challenge in the event that they assured his life can be spared, authorities mentioned.

Closely armed law enforcement officials responded and arrested Cruz on the home of worship.

“You killed a great man! Assassin!” a bystander shouted at Cruz as he was led from the church by police.

Jorge’s household, nevertheless, was extra beneficiant and already supplied their forgiveness, including that Cruz had been Jorge’s shut buddy since childhood.

Jorge, right here in 2004 with then-Dominican Secretary for Commerce and Trade Sonia Guzman, was pals with the alleged gunman since childhood.AP/Walter Astrada

“Our household forgives the one that did this,” the household mentioned in an announcement. “Considered one of Orlando’s best legacies was to not maintain grudges.”

The household is influential in Dominican Republic’s political circles. Jorge was the son of former Dominican President Salvador Jorge Blanco and his sister is a vice minister in President Luis Abinader’s administration. Jorge’s son is a lawmaker for the Fashionable Revolutionary Celebration, of which Jorge was a founding member.

Officers gave no motive for the killing.

“We categorical our deepest condolences,” the workplace of President Abinader mentioned.

With Submit wires

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