Illustrative image of a police patrol.
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SAN JUAN – Luis Marrero, one of the three police officers killed last Monday in the middle of a persecution in Carolina, a neighboring municipality to the capital of Puerto Rico, was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant during a ceremony held this Friday in the town of Toa Alta.
The Commissioner of the Puerto Rico Police, Antonio López, was responsible for granting that degree to the deceased, in an emotional ceremony that had the participation of his relatives, neighbors and the governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi.
Marrero, along with municipal agents Luis Salamán and Eliezer Hernández, was murdered last Monday in an incident that shocked public opinion on the Caribbean island.
Perpetrator of the crime was murdered and belonged to “The FARC”
The perpetrator of the murders was David emanuel rivera, 25, who belonged to a criminal gang known as “The FARC”, the same name of the Colombian guerrilla.
The fatal outcome occurred when the criminal was involved in a traffic accident in the tourist area of Isla Verde, next to the capital, which triggered a manhunt with the balance of three dead police officers.
The body of the murderer was identified Wednesday by forensic authorities as that of the person who killed the agents.
Dozens of people pay tribute to him
Marrero, who served in the Puerto Rico Police for 18 years, received the honor at the Díaz Funeral Home in Toa Alta, where since Thursday dozens of people had come to pay tribute to him.
Commissioner López said in a speech to the relatives of the deceased that they had won a giant family, since they had the support of the entire Puerto Rican people.
“All of the Puerto Rico police officers join these massive displays of solidarity. Know that each of us is and will always be part of your family, ”said the official.
The president of the Organized Police and Security Corporation (COPS), Jaime Morales, had pointed out on the matter that the situation for police officers is difficult, since fewer and fewer are patrolling the streets, mainly due to an the profession for working conditions.
The head of the US Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico, Stephen Muldrow, expressed his support for the investigation.