A Japanese woman whose husband was shot dead while on their honeymoon in Ecuador returned to Japan on Saturday morning. Mariko Hitomi, 27 years old, arrived at Narita International Airport in a wheelchair, with her right leg heavily bandaged, as she was also injured in the shooting incident that killed her husband. Having also been shot in the stomach, the widow did not answer any questions from reporters, however her father stated that the family was asking for privacy while dealing with their grief.
It is believed that the taxi driver was a part of the crime and has not yet been found. Ecuadorian police said that many taxi drivers in the city use their cabs to bring tourists to spots where they can be robbed. The couple had recently gotten married in Japan on Dec. 22 and were on their way to the Galapagos Islands for their honeymoon.
Tetsuo’s ashes have also recently been returned to Japan, brought home by his parents. The case is still open and the feel that justice has not yet been served continues, but the parents are taking any kind of comfort from the fact that Tetsuo’s remains have been returned to Japan. Tetsuo’s father said that he was thankful to the Ecuadorian authorities who are doing all they can to look for and capture his son’s killers. A reward of $200,000 is also being offered from the South American nation’s government for information on the suspects.
[via Japan Today]
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