Forensic Sciences Institute declines to reveal cause of death of Keishla Rodríguez

Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz

By John McPhaul

Institute of Forensic Sciences Director María Conte Miller declined on Wednesday to publicly reveal the specific cause of the death of Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, who was allegedly killed by boxer Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo Sánchez.

“The pathologist Rosa Rodríguez from the Institute of Forensic Sciences concluded the manner of the death of the young Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz as a homicide,” Conte Miller stated in a written statement.

“Through toxicological analyses and other tests, the pathologist was able to conclude the cause of her death and it was reported to investigating agents and prosecutors of the case,” she added. “As this is an ongoing investigation, the cause of death will not be disclosed at this stage of the process.”

Also on Wednesday, the federal Financial Oversight and Management Board approved a budget request for $7 million to tackle gender violence in Puerto Rico, as confirmed by oversight board press spokesman Edward Zayas.

On Monday, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia blasted the oversight board for allegedly having rejected that budget item.

However, David Skeel, the chairman of the oversight board, stated last Sunday that the budget process for the next fiscal year had not yet been completed.

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