San Juan-Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo surrendered to federal agents on Sunday night, facing charges hours after authorities confirmed that the body of a 27-year-old woman was the body of a fighter’s pregnant lover.
A criminal lawsuit filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) accused Verdejo of assaulting Keishla Rodríguez in the face and injecting an unknown substance obtained in a public housing complex with a syringe. The indictment stated that Verdejo later tied the victim’s hands and feet, tied her with heavy bricks, and threw her from the bridge into a lagoon in the island’s capital at 8:30 am on Thursday.
The complaint stated that the 27-year-old boxer then shot Rodriguez’s body from the bridge.
The document ensures that unidentified witnesses helped Verdejo kidnap and assassinate Rodríguez.
According to reports, a few days after the woman went missing, her body was found in the lagoon on Saturday. According to the Puerto Rico Institute of Forensic Sciences, the victim was identified on Sunday because of his dental records.
FBI spokesperson Limary Cruz told The Associated Press that the agency is pressing for allegations that will be announced in the next few hours. At the same time, the Federal Attorney’s Office stated that it has not yet decided whether to try to obtain the death penalty.
Verdejo and his lawyer declined to comment. Police said the boxer initially refused to cooperate and answered questions.
Rodríguez’s family said she was pregnant with Verdejo’s child. The victim’s mother, Keila Ortiz, told reporters that her daughter had called her by phone before she disappeared on Thursday and told her that Verdejo was going to her home to check the results of her pregnancy test.
“I told him,’Be careful.’ Ortiz Rivera said in an interview with WapaTelevisión, “Because he has threatened her not to get pregnant (baby)” because it will affect him His career and his family.
The victim’s parents said that Verdejo is married, but they have known Rodríguez since high school, and they have kept in touch. They reported her disappearance because she failed to appear as a veterinarian.
Verdejo (27-2, 17 knockouts) represented Puerto Rico at the 2012 Olympics. In the same year, he switched to professional work in the lightweight sector. After he was taken to the hospital in a motorcycle accident in 2016, his career was temporarily affected.
The case caused an uproar in Puerto Rico. After a domestic violence complaint was filed recently, the charred body of a woman was rejected by the court. The Magistrate of the Supreme Court announced an investigation into the ruling.
On Sunday, hundreds of people gathered on a bridge over the lagoon, where Rodríguez’s body was found to demand justice for her and other murdered women. Some participants threw flowers into the water.