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Suspect in double homicide case worked at gov’t agency

Secretary of State and Fiscal Agency & Financial Advisory Authority Executive Director Omar Marrero Díaz

By The Star Staff

Secretary of State and Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (AAFAF by its Spanish initials) Executive Director Omar Marrero Díaz denied on Tuesday that a mother who was arrested along with her son during an investigation of a double murder in Carolina works as his personal secretary, but acknowledged that she did work at AAFAF.

“Mrs. Nesvi Mariel Mercado Díaz is not an employee of the Department of State, nor is she the personal secretary of Omar J. Marrero, Secretary of State and Executive Director of the Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority of Puerto Rico,” Marrero Díaz said in a written statement. “Ms. Mercado worked at AAFAF as an administrative assistant for the agency’s executive team. As a result of this situation, her trust has been withdrawn and she has been immediately separated from her employment in the AAFAF. We must clarify that the acts have nothing to do with her work at the agency. As it is a personal matter of the employee and an ongoing criminal investigation, these will be the only statements that will be made on this subject.”

Mercado Díaz, 51, and her son William Yamil Ramírez Mercado, 19, were arrested after a raid was conducted as part of the investigation of a double homicide that occurred in Carolina on Sunday in which boxer Alvin Canales Escalera and Heriberto López Hiraldo, both 20 years old, were the victims.

The arresting officers allegedly seized a 9-millimeter Glock pistol, ammunition and a quantity of marijuana.

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