September 2, 2014
Five years of eyebrow-raising killings
During the last few years, several murders involving Colombians residing in Argentina have been perpetrated. Below is a list of a few of the most notable:
August 17, 2013: a 25-year-old Colombian by the name of Jonathan Alexis Rodríguez was killed in a Palermo restaurant by a masked assassin. The hitman specifically targeted the victim while he was sitting at a table with his friends and fired four bullets.
June 23, 2013: a 30-year-old Colombian businessman was found dead in a San Telmo hostel room. His valuables were stolen. The body was found with his hands tied and a cord was used to strangle him to death.
April 28, 2013: a 37-year-old Colombian man was found dead inside a trash bag in the City neighbourhood of Colegiales. The body was found with a gunshot to the back.
April 17, 2012: a Colombian hitman by the name of Jairo “Mojarro” Saldarriaga was killed in the City neighbourhood of Retiro. He was allegedly part of a drug trafficking ring in Colombia. His lawyer said he had immigrated to Argentina with his wife to avoid being killed.
April 6, 2011: a 21-year-old Colombian student living in Recoleta was stabbed to death inside his apartment. The youth had received a scholarship to Lanús university and was working for electronics company Sony.
April 25, 2011: a 24-year-old Colombian by the name of César Augusto Santo Londoño was found murdered in the Greater Buenos Aires district of Pilar. He was shot three times in his head and had left Colombia only three months earlier.
February 23, 2009: a Colombian youth was shot to death in the northern Greater Buenos Aires area of San Fernando while he was shopping with his family. Two men on a motorcylce shot him nine times. He was living in a yacht docked in Puerto Madero.
July 24, 2008: two Colombians in their mid-thirties were murdered at the Unicenter Shopping parking lot in the Greater Buenos Aires area of Martínez. Colombian police suspected that the two murdered men had ties to paramilitary groups involved in drug-trafficking.