The Presidency of the Republic identified Miguel Cruz as the person who killed Environment Minister Orlando Jorge Mera on Monday June 6th.
A statement from the Presidency ensures that the murderer was a personal friend of the deceased minister.
Below is the full statement from the Presidency:
On behalf of the Government and the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, we express our deepest condolences to the Mera Villegas family for the death of the Minister of the Environment, Orlando Jorge Mera,” Homero Figueroa, spokesman for President Abinader and director of Strategy and Government Communication.
He said they hope that God will give them the strength they need to get through this terrible loss.
Likewise, he pointed out that the Government and the President remain at the disposal of the family for whatever they may need.
“The information that we have handled so far indicates that in the morning hours of today, the Minister of the Environment lost his life when he was attacked in his office with a firearm. Miguel Cruz, the person identified as the one who fired the shot, was a personal friend of the deceased Minister,” said the presidential spokesman.
Figueroa announced that the person responsible is in the custody of the National Police and the Public Ministry.
“The motives for the incident are under investigation. We will continue to share information in due course,” he added.