Orlando Jorge Mera, the Dominican Republic’s minister of environment and natural resources, has been shot and killed in his office by a close childhood friend.
According to the police the 25-year-old Minister was holding a meeting at the time of the attack on Monday, June 6, and at least six shots were heard during the attack.
The spokesperson of the presidential identifies the murderer as Miguel Cruz, describing him as a childhood friend of the minister.
Police say Cruz is now in custody even though the motive for the shooting remains unclear as of press time.
Jorge Mera’s family said in a statement that he had been shot multiple times by a man he was friends with since childhood but that they had forgiven his killer.
“Our family forgives the person who did this. One of Orlando’s greatest legacies was to not hold grudges,” they added.
Mr Jorge Mera had served in incumbent President Luis Abinader’s administration since July 2020.
He was the son of former President Salvador Jorge-Blanco and a founding member of the governing Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM).
He is survived by his wife who is also the Dominican ambassador to Brazil and two sons, one of whom is also a PRM lawmaker.