Castro: All arrested in December slaying
HAVANA, Cuba (AP) -- Authorities have arrested all of those responsible
the December slaying of five people - including a couple visiting from Miami
- on a provincial highway in central Cuba, President Fidel Castro said in
comments published Wednesday by state media.
"The police worked very hard," Castro said at the end of a lengthy discourse
national television Tuesday night. "We found out everything, down to the last
But Castro didn't publicly reveal any of those details during his brief
the mass murder, which he said "was especially repugnant" because it included the
killing of an 8-year-old boy.
At the time of the slayings, the government-controlled media did not report
at all about the crime.
The FBI in Miami confirmed in January that it was working with Cuban authorities
to help solve the case.
The killings occurred in mid-December during an apparent robbery attempt
Matanzas province when the group was traveling in a car eastbound from Havana
to visit relatives in the central city of Santa Clara.
Four of the victims were identified as members of the same family -- including
boy -- and the fifth was identified as a family friend who was driving the car.
Murders are relatively rare in this communist country, and mass murders
unheard of. Killings of visitors to Cuba, which depends heavily upon dollars
generated by foreign tourism, are especially unusual.
Relatives in south Florida have identified the victims as Ada Lorenzo,
Celedonio Placencia, 62, Cuban-born legal U.S. residents living in the Miami area;
their grandson Daniel Osmani Placencia, 8; and their daughter Yailen Placencia, 28,
both of Cuba; and Domingo Delgado, who was driving the car.
Copyright 2002 The Associated Press.