The body of anti-mafia prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, killed in an attack in Colombiawas received this Saturday with honors and in the midst of deep sorrow by government officials, relatives and relatives.
A line of cadets dressed in black uniforms stood on either side of a red carpet he walked across, under a strong drizzle and between chords of a military band, a group of officers who carried the coffin with the mortal remains of the official.
The coffin arrived at the presidential breakwater of the Silvio Pettirossi international airport, which serves Asunción, in the midst of the three days of mourning that Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez decreed on Friday.
In attention to grief, the Paraguayan flag will remain hoisted at half-staff in public buildings, military installations and official offices abroad, despite the celebrations of this May 14 and 15 for the 211 years of the country’s Independence.
The joy of the festivities has been overshadowed in Asunción by the arrival of the murdered prosecutor, on a gray day that has been marked by persistent rain.
The body was received at the facility intended for dignitaries by officials led by the country’s attorney general, Sandra Quiñónez, and the interior minister, Federico González.
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His father, Francisco Pecci, was also waiting for the prosecutor; his brothers, relatives and his wife, the journalist Claudia Aguilera, with whom Pecci traveled to Colombia after his marriage, on April 30.
After a brief ceremony at the airfield, the hearse with the coffin covered with a Paraguayan flag left in the middle of a long caravan of vehicles heading for Asunción.
Once in the Paraguayan capital, he was received at the Public Ministry, where colleagues and employees participated in another private tribute.
After a brief stay at the Prosecutor’s Office, the caravan headed for a memorial room in the city, where relatives and close people have gathered.
For this Saturday afternoon, it is expected that the doors of the wake will be open to the public, hours before Pecci’s funeral, scheduled for Sunday.
Local media have indicated that before the funeral, the prosecutor could be taken to the chapel of his school, San José.
The prosecutor’s body was transported on a commercial plane that landed on Paraguayan soil shortly before 05:00 local time (09:00 GMT), coming from Panama.
The coffin had left on Friday from Cartagena de Indias, a city near the island of Barú, where last Tuesday Pecci fell under the bullets of strangers who attacked him on a private beach.
The Decameron hotel, where the couple who had announced shortly before that they were going to be parents was staying, said that “Hitmen who arrived on jet skis at the beach” assassinated the prosecutor.
The Colombian Police, which works jointly with the Paraguayan and the American, investigates as a first hypothesis that Pecci was murdered due to his work as a prosecutor.
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Pecci was head and delegate of the Specialized Unit in the Fight against Drug Trafficking and delegate of the Specialized Unit against Organized Crime.
Pecci’s murder has shaken the Paraguayans, who this Friday joined two mobilizations through the streets of Asunciónin the so-called march for “Bravery and Courage”.
The demonstrations gave way to an emotional tribute in front of the Pantheon of Heroes, in the heart of the capital.
The event brought together colleagues, friends, relatives and ordinary people who remembered the figure of Pecci, who at the age of 45 became one of the most renowned prosecutors in the country. (I)