Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo turned himself in to federal brokers Sunday night time simply hours to face federal expenses after authorities recognized the physique of a useless lady as his 27-year-old pregnant lover, officers mentioned.
The U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned late Sunday that Verdejo was being charged with kidnapping and carjacking leading to loss of life and with deliberately killing an unborn little one.
A legal criticism filed by the FBI accuses Verdejo of punching Keishla Rodríguez within the face and injecting her with a syringe stuffed with an unidentified substance purchased at a public housing advanced. It alleges he then sure her arms and toes with wire and tied a heavy block to her earlier than throwing her off a bridge at eight:30 a.m. Thursday.
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The criticism states that Verdejo then shot at Rodríguez’s physique as he stood on the bridge.
The criticism says a witness it didn’t determine helped Verdejo kidnap and kill Rodríguez.
Rodríguez was present in a lagoon close to the U.S. territory’s capital Saturday, a few days after she was reported lacking. She was recognized Sunday through dental information, Puerto Rico’s Institute of Forensic Science mentioned in an announcement.
Verdejo and his attorneys beforehand declined remark, and police mentioned the boxer didn’t initially cooperate and refused to reply questions.
Rodríguez’s household mentioned she was pregnant with Verdejo’s little one. Keila Ortiz, the sufferer’s mom, informed reporters that her daughter had known as her earlier than she vanished Thursday and informed her that Verdejo was going to her home to see the outcomes of a being pregnant check.
“I informed her, ‘Watch out,’ as a result of he had already threatened her,” Ortiz mentioned. She mentioned Verdejo had informed her daughter to not have the infant, mentioning his profession and household.
Verdejo is married and has a younger daughter however had identified Rodríguez since center faculty and saved in contact along with her, her mother and father mentioned. They reported her lacking after she did not present up for her job at an animal grooming enterprise.
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Verdejo (27-2, 17 knockouts) represented Puerto Rico on the Olympics in 2012, the identical yr he grew to become knowledgeable boxer competing within the light-weight division. His profession was quickly sidetracked after a 2016 bike accident that put him within the hospital.
The case has outraged many in Puerto Rico, the place one other lady was lately discovered burned to loss of life after she filed a home violence criticism choose dismissed. A Superior Court docket choose has introduced an investigation into that call.
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A whole bunch of individuals gathered Sunday at a bridge that crosses the lagoon the place Rodríguez’s physique was discovered to demand justice for her and different ladies killed, with some throwing flowers into the water beneath.