Temas Especiales

03 de Aug de 2020

Nacional

Weekend crime spree in Panama

PANAMÁ. Even with a strong push to end the horrors in Arraijan and Colon, the national police could do little to stop more homicides fr...

PANAMÁ. Even with a strong push to end the horrors in Arraijan and Colon, the national police could do little to stop more homicides from occurring in the area, which have risen to 70 cases this year. Among the 70 victims, six more were added over the weekend in a span of just less than 7 hours. Six men were either fatally shot or stabbed between 8:00 pm Saturday and 2:30 am Sunday.

The first murder occurred in Sector 5 of Alcalde Diaz, where 18 year-old Jose Javier Herazo was shot to death after receiving two bullet wounds. An hour and a half later in Colon, Luigi Boyce Melendez, 28, was shot six times in the area known as “El Vaticano.” Testimonies state Melendez was leaving a store with some friends when a hooded male pulled out a gun.

Merely 15 minutes later, 15 year-old was murdered during an attempted robbery in Santa Ana.

Three more murders occurred within the next few hours. At 9:55 pm, a man was murdered on the streets of Chorillo, at 11:00 pm, David Grimaldo’s body was found underneath a car in David and at 2:30 am, Angel Abadia was found dead in Vacamonte.