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Numbers 48 and 49: the latest victims of femicide

Sadly, Silveria Mercedes Taveras Acosta, 48 years old and a hotel worker, together with nurse Belkis Rodríguez Constanzo, 44, now become just two more numbers in the ongoing tragedy of gender violence in the Dominican Republic. Both women were killed by a man they knew, Reyito Morales, who then committed suicide.

In what reporters are calling a love triangle, Morales shot Silveria three times in her house in Bavaro and then he went to El Seibo where he shot Belkis in her house in Villa Guerrero. Silveria, his current mistress, was killed, according to the local coroner at about 10:40pm. Morales then went to El Seibo where he appeared at the house of Belkis Rodríguez Constanzo at 12:15am.

The authorities say that after killing Belkis, Morales, 55, shot himself in the head, although the homicide weapon did not appear at the scene of the crime. He had set fire to his vehicle before killing his victim so that she would come out of the house. Authorities were only able to collect a mutilated shell casing for a 9 mm pistol as well as the box of matches next to the body of Morales.

At least 49 women have been murdered so far in 2017, with 22 of the victims in the north of the country and the remainder in the South, the capital and the East. In the case of Morales a Restraint Order had been issued because of his threats to Belkis Rodríguez and he served seven months in preventive custody.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

July 15, 2017

Category: DR News |

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