Juan de los Santos, the Mayor of East Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic was shot dead on Tuesday, December 15 in his office. De los Santos was killed by a man recently identified as Luis Féliz, a supplier of air conditioning equipment to Juancito sports businesses and he also who allegedly had worked for the Mayor. The cause of the shooting is still unknown.
After waiting for a while, Féliz allegedly broke into De los Santos’ office and shot him in the head and chest, killing him. When a security agent identified as Archi de Jesús Medina tried to approach the shooter, he also got shot at and killed. The murderer then proceeded to take his own life, according to Dominican press.
De los Santos was famously known as “Juancito Sport” name of the business he created to place sports bets, which turned into a famous franchise in the Dominican Republic. He tried his luck in politics running for office in 2002, where he was a member of Congress until 2006, when he was elected as Mayor of East Santo Domingo. He ran for a second term in 2010, which would’ve ended next year in 2016.
The Mayor leaves behind a wife and five kids, two of them toddlers, which De los Santos had been with just hours before he was killed as he attended a Christmas event at their school, and posted on social media how proud he was of his little ones.
De los Santos, born in 1970, was a businessman who became involved in politics in 2002 and was voted mayor of east Santo Domingo in 2006, according to his profile on the Dominican Liberation Party’s website. He was married with five children and posted photos to Facebook of his children at school the morning of his murder.