A Japanese man was fatally shot while his new wife received serious injuries after a gang attacked them in Guayaquil, Ecuador last December 28. The Japanese embassy in Ecuador and the local police said that Tetsuo Hitomi, 28, and his wife Mariko, 27, were on their honeymoon when the attack occurred.
Local police said that the couple, who were married in Japan just last December 22, finished eating dinner at a restaurant and then hailed a taxi to take them back to their hotel. A gang of eight men reportedly followed their vehicle and then suddenly attacked somewhere along the way, shooting Tetsuo in the chest. He died on the scene, while Mariko, who was shot in the abdomen and leg, was rushed to the hospital and is now in serious but stable condition. The driver has disappeared but police say many of the taxis in the area are affiliated with local gangs and help them lure unsuspecting tourists to areas where they can ambush them.
The Ecuadorian government has offered a $100,000 reward for any information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said on TV Saturday night that this kind of crime is a poor reflection on their country and will affect their tourism industry as well. He vowed that the government will do everything they can to bring the killers to justice.
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