“We specific our deepest condolences,” the workplace of President Luis Abinader stated.
Closely armed law enforcement officials rapidly escorted Cruz out of the constructing after the taking pictures. He was carrying a helmet and bulletproof vest and stored his head principally down because the glasses he wore slid barely down his nostril. One bystander yelled: “You killed a very good man! Assassin!”
The sufferer got here from a strong political household. Jorge was the son of former Dominican President Salvador Jorge Blanco and his sister is a vice minister in Abinader’s administration. Jorge’s son is a lawmaker for the Fashionable Revolutionary Celebration, of which Jorge was a founding member.
The household issued an announcement saying that Cruz had been Jorge’s pal since childhood and that Jorge was shot a number of instances.
“Our household forgives the one that did this. Certainly one of Orlando’s biggest legacies was to not maintain grudges,” it stated.
Police and emergency officers swarmed the workplace of Surroundings and Pure Assets Ministry within the capital of Santo Domingo and barred entry as mourners gathered close by. Jorge’s workplace was on the fourth ground of a constructing that additionally homes the Ministry of Tourism.
“We’re troubled by the state of affairs,” Jorge’s ministry stated in a short assertion.
Bartolomé Pujals, government director of the federal government’s Cupboard of Innovation, wrote that he lamented the killing.
“His demise is a tragedy,” Pujals stated. “We Dominicans have to come back collectively to realize a pact for peace and peaceable coexistence. No extra violence.”
Jorge, a lawyer, was appointed minister of the surroundings and pure sources in August 2020.
Related Press author Dánica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico, contributed to this report.