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Aug 21, 2017

Laborer Hacked to Death Down South, in Santa Cruz

Edward Broaster

There was also a murder in Santa Cruz Village over the weekend.  On Sunday morning, shortly before ten o’clock, Independence police were called out to the roadside community where they observed the lifeless body of a Hispanic man.  He was later identified as Juan Jose Ortega.  The Salvadoran laborer was seen with several chop wounds, including a large gash to the head and neck inside a drain.  It is unclear what precipitated the deadly attack.  Assistant Commissioner of Police, Edward Broaster, provides a few details.


ACP Edward Broaster, Commander of Operations, Police Department

“As it relates to the Santa Cruz murder, the police were called out where they found one Juan Jose Ortega with several chop wounds.  He’s a Salvadoran national and he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Southern Regional Hospital.  The police is investigating that matter at this time and I believe they have two individuals in custody. Or three.  The motive for that has not been ascertained as yet at this time either.”


The body of Juan Jose Ortega awaits a post mortem examination.

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