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Newspaper journalist murdered in Aragua, motive unknown

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 19 May 2007, journalist Nelson Álvarez Narváez, a columnist with the newspaper "El Siglo de Maracay", was murdered during a birthday party at his mother's house. A hit man burst into the house and shot him six times. The murderer then fled in a car, accompanied by another man. The crime took place in the city of Maracay, Aragua state, in central Venezuela. The motives for the murder are unknown.

The criminal investigations unit (Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas) does not rule out any hypothesis, including vengeance.

Álvarez Narváez had been publishing two columns focussing on show business and entertainment, "Ocumareando" and "Paparazzi", for the last two months.

IPYS will continue its investigations in order to determine the motives for the murder.

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