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Anti-mafia lawyer shot dead while on honeymoon in Colombia – hours after announcing he was expecting his first child

A lawyer who prosecuted organized crime and drug trafficking was shot dead on the beach on his honeymoon, just hours after announcing he was expecting his first child.

Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci married journalist Claudia Aguilera in April, and the couple were strolling along a Colombian beach when they were ambushed.

The Decameron Baru hotel, where the couple were staying, said the attackers arrived on a jet ski and shot the couple. The gunmen also shot a security guard, who was not injured.

Ms Aguilera, who was also uninjured, said one of the men got off the jet ski and ‘without saying a word, shot Marcelo twice, once in the face and once in the back “.

Her most recent Instagram post, uploaded hours before the attack, featured a photo of herself and her husband, along with a pair of baby shoes, with the caption: “The best wedding gift.. . the approaching life which is a testimony to the sweetest of loves.”

The photo was taken on the Baru Peninsula in the Caribbean, south of the Colombian city of Cartagena.

President condemns ‘cowardly murder’

At the time of his death, Mr Pecci, 45, was investigating several high-profile cases, including a shooting at a concert in January where a suspected drug dealer and the wife of a footballer were killed.

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez condemned the “cowardly murder” on Twitter.

He pledged to redouble the country’s efforts against organized crime.

The director of Colombia’s national police, General Jorge Luis Vargas, said he did not know Mr Pecci was in Colombia.

He said Mr Pecci was one of the most watched people in Paraguay since he was “investigating cases of international terrorism”.

Paraguay is South America’s largest marijuana producer and cultivation of the plant is still illegal in that country, meaning much of the crop is smuggled into Argentina and Brazil.

Working to ‘clarify motive’ for murder

Colombian Foreign Minister and Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez said authorities were working to clarify “the motives and perpetrators of this heinous crime”.

A “high command” criminal investigation unit has been sent to Cartagena, Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano said.

Paraguayan and American officials will work within the unit to help identify and prosecute the perpetrators, police said.

A $122,000 (£98,000) reward is being offered to help identify anyone involved in the shooting.