Justice has not yet been served, but at least his ashes are now at home with his family. The parents of the 28-year-old Tetsuo Hitomi have returned home to Japan with the remains of their son who was murdered in Ecuador last December 28 while on a honeymoon with his wife, 27-year-old Mariko, who is still in serious but stable condition.
Upon arrival at the Narita International Airport on Monday, Hitomi’s father told reporters that he brought his son’s ashes home and was very thankful to the Ecuadorian authorities who have gone all out in the hunt for his son’s killers. Ecuador’s Interior Minister Jose Serrano said they are close to identifying the suspects based on the surveillance footage of the area where the crime took place, as well as several witness testimonies.The government has increased its reward to $200,000, seeking any information that can lead to the capture of the killers.
On December 28, just six days after they were married, the couple left the restaurant and hailed a taxi to take them back to their hotel. Somewhere along the way, a gang of eight men attacked their vehicle and shot Tetsuo on the chest, and Mariko in the abdomen and leg. The driver was nowhere to be seen during and after the attack, and it is suspected that he may be part of the gang, as some taxi drivers in the area have an agreement with certain gangs to help them lure tourists to spots where they will then be attacked and robbed.
[via Japan Today]
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