Paraguayan Governor Ronald Acevedo says his daughter Haylee was in the wrong place at the wrong time after she was brutally shot outside a nightclub over the weekend
The governor of Paraguay mourns the unexpected death of his daughter after she was tragically shot to death outside a nightclub along with her drug dealer friend and two other young women.
The shooter was caught on camera as he jumped out of a vehicle and fired 107 shots in the town of Pedro Juan Caballero on Saturday 9 October.
Haylee Acevedo, 21, her boyfriend Omar Álvarez, 32, and friends Kaline Reinoso, 22, and Rhamye Borges, 18, were attacked when they tried to leave the club at the weekend.
Paraguayan Interior Minister Arnaldo Giuzzio announced that Governor Acevedo had turned down an offer from the Amambay police director in September to provide him and his family with a security detail, the minister told Paraguayan ABC TV on Tuesday.
It was reported that the suspects were targeting Álvarez, who was alleged to be involved in drug trafficking along the Paraguay-Brazilian border region.
“We are overwhelmed by organized crime. My daughter was in the wrong place with the wrong person,” Governor Ronald Acevedo told ABC TV on Tuesday.
The governor also separated his daughter from Álvarez, claiming they weren’t a couple, the Daily Mail reports.
Acevedo and her friends Borges and Reinoso all trained as doctors on the Pedro Juan Caballero campus of Paraguay Central University.
Álvarez was shot 32 times. Reinoso received 14 shots and Borges was shot 10 times. Acevedo was hit by six bullets.
On Monday, police searched a house in the Pedro Juan Caballero neighborhood of Villa Estefan – about six kilometers from the location of the shooting. The officers arrested six Brazilian men believed to have been involved in the attack.
Detectives identified them as Hywulysson Forest; Juarez da Silva; Luis Silva; Gabriel Veiga; Farley da Silva; and Douglas Ribeiro, said the Brazilian news agency G1.
It was reported that the vehicle used by the armed men was found burned in the Fortuna Guazú neighborhood on Sunday.
The officers arrested a seventh suspect the same day after a high-speed car chase resulted in a weapons exchange. Two other suspects escaped and were left at large.
Deputy Police Chief César Silguero told the ABC news agency: “We collect all the data, there are many surveillance cameras that we check.
“Apparently one of the prisoners resembles one of the hit men.
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“On the other hand, the truck that was burned last night was not reported stolen, but we did find photos of it in this house.”
There has been an increase in murders in the Paraguayan border town of Pedro Juan Caballero in the past two weeks – including the October 1st assassination of city council candidate Néstor Echeverría.