A radio broadcaster and producer were shot and killed during a live stream on Tuesday in San Pedro de Macorís, the Dominican Republic.
Luis Manuel Medina was shot while reading the news on his program Milenio Caliente (Hot Millennium), while Leo Martinez, his producer and the director of 103.55 HICC radio station, was in his office when he was killed.
Mr. Medina was using Facebook Live Broadcast to transmit his show, when the video was suddenly cut short, following the sound of gunshot and a women’s voice screaming “Shot, Shot, Shot” in the background.
“We are dismayed by this news of this tragic event,” said Ana Daisy Guerrero, President of the Broadcasters’ Association, about the loss of two fellow colleagues.
Mr. Medina was married and was said to have a daughter.
The shooters and the motive behind such a public double murder have yet to be identified. Police have, however, arrested three men whom they suspect to be the culprits, but have not charged anyone.
Prosecutor Claudio Cordero hopes that the station secretary, who was also shot and had to undergo surgery, would shed light on the shooters’ identities.
Prosecutor Cordero told the press that meanwhile members of the public ministry are reviewing the security videos of the commercial center, where the radio station was located.
To mourn the loss of these two victims, tributes have been posted on Facebook, the social media platform which housed their broadcast.
“There is no word to describe the sadness that overwhelms the family and the people of San Pedro de Macoris for the murder of the voices of our people,” said one commenter
“Today is a black day in San Pedro, for the loss of these two bastions of the communication,” added another.