A man wanted by authorities in Paraguay for theft was executed along with his girlfriend by a Brazilian gang.
Luis Martínez, 21, was on the phone on Anabel Centurión’s 22nd birthday when gunmen broke into La Choperia bar Monday night in the Paraguayan border town of Pedro Juan Caballero, opposite Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.
The attackers attacked Martínez and Centurión, who were trying to save her friend from the gunfire, Amambay police chief Hugo Díaz told Radio Uno 650 AM.
Martínez was shot at least 36 times and pronounced dead at the scene. Centurión died after arriving at a hospital nearby. At least two other people sitting at a table next to the nine-year-old’s birthday dinner were shot dead. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
The gang allegedly left a note with the bodies that read: “Please don’t steal.”
Luis Martínez was celebrating Anabel Centurión’s 22nd birthday in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay on Monday night, when at least three gunmen walked into a bar and opened fire, killing the couple. Police say Centurión hugged 21-year-old Martínez when the attackers opened fire. The suspects left a note that read, “Please don’t post ATT: Justiceiros da Fronteira.” The gang (Justices of the Border) happens to be based in Brazil. It is not known whether Martínez was directly linked to the criminal group
The alleged killers left a handwritten note in Spanish that read, “Please don’t steal, ATT: Justiceiros da Fronteira.” Justiceiros da Fronteira or Justices of the Border is a gang from Brazil
‘[Martínez] joined his friend Anabel, her sister and other relatives…” said Díaz. “At the time of the shooting, Anabel hugs her partner and is shot, ending her life.”
The attackers left a handwritten note attributed to a gang known as the ‘Justiceiros da Fronteira’ [Justices of the Border] who happens to be based out of Brazil.
It is not known whether Martínez was directly linked to the criminal group.
However, the gang is said to have posted a photo of Luis Martínez and Anabel Centurión on a Facebook page hours before the shooting and threatened to take action. It claimed that ‘this man is stealing (phones). Let’s crack and cut his hands every day (before the robberies).
The shooting took place in the Paraguayan border town of Pedro Juan Caballero, opposite the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
Díaz said investigators were checking security cameras from nearby businesses to determine the identities of the gunmen.
Police investigator Aníbal Franco told reporters the murder was committed by “two or three people traveling in a gray car.”
Díaz added that Martínez was wanted for aggravated robberies allegedly committed in 2018 and 2019.
Luis Martínez snapped a photo of himself with family and friends gathered Monday night to celebrate his girlfriend Anabel Centurion’s 22nd birthday (pictured top right in a white button-up shirt)
Before the tragic shooting, Martínez, who also identified himself as Matheus Elefante on Facebook, posted this photo of him and Centurión, wishing her well on her special day. My love, today you finish another year of your life and I thank God for that, just like every day I thank you for being in my life and sharing life by your side. Happy birthday,” he wrote
The gang allegedly posted a photo of Luis Martínez and Anabel Centurión hours before the shooting and threatened to take action. It claimed that ‘this man is stealing (phones). Let’s crack and cut his hands every day (before the robberies). Justiciero da Fronteira warning
Paraguayan couple Luis Martínez and Anabel Centurión were shot dead Monday night while celebrating her birthday in the bar
Hours before the tragic shooting, Martínez, who identified himself on Facebook as Matheus Elefante, posted a photo of him and Centurión, wishing her well on her special day.
My love, today you finish another year of your life and I thank God for that, just like every day I thank you for being in my life and sharing life by your side. Happy birthday,” he wrote.
“That at the end of this day you will feel your heart hugged and filled with love, affection and lots of joy. I will do everything I can to make it so, not just today, but every day of our lives. Congratulations my love! May God protect us and grant us many years of life. I love you!’