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Radio host Luis Manuel Medina and his producer gunned down during Facebook Live stream

February 16, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Radio host Luis Manuel Medina and his producer gunned down during Facebook Live stream

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Radio host Luis Manuel Medina, and his producer were fatally shot this week in the Dominican Republic as they presented the news during a Facebook Live stream.

Luis Manuel Medina, and his producer Leonidas Martinez, were gunned down on Tuesday when armed men broke into 103.5 FMs studios in San Pedro de Macoris.

Three suspects have been taken into custody, according to local press outlets.

Mourners posted tributes to Leo Martinez, left, and Luis Medina, right

The motivation behind the attack is still not clear.

Luis Manuel Medina had recently been discussing pollution in Laguna Mallen, a lake in San Pedro.

“The investigations have begun, and we will try to reach the truth,” the country’s Attorney General Jean Rodriguez stated.

The victims were on the air doing their show “Milenio Caliente” – Hot Millennium – on Facebook Live when shots were fired, and a female voice is heard shouting, “Shots, shots!”

However, even as gunfire erupted, the calm Medina kept his show going, until the transmission stopped, the Daily Mail reported.

“Two people died, and one has been injured,” national police spokesperson William Alcantara said.

Station secretary Dayana Garcia was shot in the stomach and is reportedly in critical condition.

A Facebook Live video captured the moment a Dominican radio host and producer were executed

Although harassment and intimidation of reporters in the Dominican Republic is typical, media-related killings are considered unprecedented in the nation.

Professor of journalism Olivo de Leon knew both victims and urged the government to investigate and prosecute the killers thoroughly.

“Authorities must investigate to determine not just the killers but also the intellectual authors, so we know why they were murdered,” he said in an interview with the Guardian.

“Impunity will generate fear among journalists, making them scared to speak and do their jobs.”

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