The Institute of Forensic Sciences determined the homicide as the manner of death of Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, but it has not yet been established which of the attacks she suffered caused her death.
“The manner of death was established as homicide,” informed the director of Forensic Sciences, María Conte, during the press conference yesterday in La Fortaleza. “Studies are being done to complement that determination in a more scientific way. In the case of Andrea (Ruiz Costas), all the studies were completed ”, he indicated.
When Conte was asked the specific way the death was caused, he noted that the result will be ready in 48 hours.
“The pathologist who did the autopsy has not made a final determination. It is awaiting additional analysis to the autopsy to reach that determination, ”Conte indicated. “We hope that in the next few days, no later than 48 hours, we can reach a cause of death,” he added.
He reiterated that the studies of the vehicles involved in both cases were completed.
“In Andrea’s case, not only was the vehicle examined, but also the corresponding DNA tests were carried out. In the case of Keishla, the vehicles were analyzed and the DNA laboratory is working hard and intensely to complete the corresponding reports, ”he explained.
The complaint published by the federal authorities against Félix Verdejo for this murder establishes that the man hit her, injected a substance, tied her by the limbs, threw her off the Teodoro Moscoso bridge and shot her.
Conte made the remarks at the press conference called by Governor Pedro Pierluisi in La Fortaleza. The governor defended the management of the government and the PARE Committee (Prevention, Support, Rescue and Education) in the management of the emergency due to gender violence.
Meanwhile, organizations such as the Colectiva Feminista en Construcción, demonstrated at the gates of La Fortaleza,
Pierluisi took the opportunity to criticize the Fiscal Control Board (JCF) for not authorizing the allocation of the $ 7 million that would be used to address gender violence. The board allocated $ 200,000.
“The committee has been active and has created various groups, some of those groups spoke out and continue to advise. They held an extraordinary meeting to evaluate the imperative needs that we must attend to, such as the allocation of resources to the committee, ”stated the governor. “From the Care funds, we assigned an additional million to the Attorney General’s Office and a million to PARE for a prevention campaign,” he reported.
Pierluisi expressed that she would join the demonstration called by feminist groups, but to demand action from the board.
“They have every right to make their claim. I would join. If anything – in my case – I would make the claim to the Supervisory Board that has paralyzed an allocation that I requested for resources for the PARE committee. The PARE committee has already given me a report and they have been meeting, ”Pierluisi said.
He added about the meeting “don’t talk to me about lack of resources. I don’t want to hear that. Do not tell me that there are no federal and state funds that we have to allocate where it belongs and the request is made.
In written statements, the JCF indicated that it is not correct that it reduced funds to the government for the fight against gender violence. He assured that he is “working with the government on the budget and carefully examines the sources of funds requested by the governor as required by law.”
On the other hand, Pierluisi defended the decree of 30 days of mourning with flags at half mast for the death of former governor Carlos Romero Barceló, without something similar having been done for the victims of gender violence.
“Actually, mourning the death of the former governor is the least I have to do as governor. It is the mourning that was rightly granted to Rafael Hernández Colón when he passed into eternal life and to Don Luis A. Ferré. One thing should not be compared with the other, ”Pierluisi said to questions from the press. “The important thing here in the case of violence is that we have declared an emergency that had not been declared for a long time. We are addressing this pattern of sexist and discriminatory violence. We recognize that this is decades old and sadly is a culture that needs to be corrected. There are multiple measures to take and we are determined to take them ”, he pointed out.
“The state failed”
Pierluisi criticized what happened in the case of Andrea Ruiz Costas, who had requested a protection order against her partner, Miguel Ocasio Santiago, who later murdered her.
He spoke of reviewing the procedure in these cases by the Prosecutor’s Office and recalled that the law does not require the presence of a prosecutor in cases carried out under the Domestic Violence Law.
“You don’t have to be a lawyer to see that they had a very vulnerable victim who needed protection and the state did not provide it. The state failed, “said the former Secretary of Justice. “That victim did not protect me. That cries in the eyes of God. We have to find a way to prevent this from happening again, “he added.