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The anti-mafia prosecutor is shot dead while honeymooning with his pregnant wife

Marcelo Pecci with his wife Claudia Aguilera. Right: a photo of Marcelo Pecci in his office.

Marcelo Pecci was shot dead in Cartagena, Colombia while he and reporter Claudia Aguilera were sunbathing (Image: Handout/Ministerio Publico de Paraguay/AFP)

A top lawyer who put gangsters and drug dealers behind bars was killed by gunmen while on their honeymoon with his pregnant wife.

Marcelo Pecci was shot dead in Cartagena, Colombia, while he and reporter Claudia Aguilera were sunbathing on a beach after their wedding in April.

Hours earlier, she had posted a photo of the couple posing with baby shoes and wrote, “The best wedding present… the life that is to come that is a testimony of the sweetest love.”

Paraguayan Mr Pecci, 45, was gunned down by two men near the Decameron Baru Hotel. His wife – who was unharmed – said one of the gunmen got off a jet ski and “without saying a word, shot Marcelo twice, once in the face and once in the back”.

The assassins also shot a security guard who was unharmed.

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez condemned the “cowardly murder” and pledged to step up the war on organized crime.

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Police Chief General Jorge Luis Vargas said Mr Pecci was one of the most closely guarded individuals in his home country after “investigating cases of international terrorism” (Image: Handout/Ministerio Publico de Paraguay/AFP)

Speaking about the crime for the first time on Tuesday morning, Ms Aguilera said: “The day started peacefully and after breakfast we decided to go to the beach. The view is spectacular and it’s our honeymoon.”

She added, citing the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo: “Two men attacked Marcelo.

“They reached the beach on a small boat or jet ski I believe, although in truth I didn’t see it properly.”

Recounting how the killers fled on the same jet ski that they used to reach the beach, she said, “We were helped by other people who were on the beach, but he was already dead.”

She told the newspaper: “We had received no threats.

“Everything went so fast. All I remember clearly was the shots and Marcelo in the sand.

An Instagram post by Claudia Aguilera shows the couple smiling on the beach.

The couple got married last month and celebrated their honeymoon

The entrance of the Decameron Baru Hotel in Colombia on Tuesday, where Marcelo Pecci was staying

The entrance to the Decameron Baru Hotel in Colombia on Tuesday, where Marcelo Pecci was staying (Image: EPA)

“The man walked straight up to Marcelo, he just looked at him and shot him, he didn’t say anything.”

A criminal investigation unit of the “high command” has been dispatched to Cartagena, said Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano.

Paraguayan and US officials will be integrated into the unit to help identify and prosecute the perpetrators, police said.

Mr Pecci investigated several high-profile cases in Paraguay, including a shooting at a concert in January that killed a suspected drug dealer and a soccer player’s wife.

Paraguay is South America’s largest marijuana producer.

Cultivation of the plant is still illegal in this country and much of the harvest is smuggled to Argentina and Brazil.

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