BOSTON – A Dominican drug smuggler who was jealous of David Ortiz and felt humiliated by him shot him at a Dominican nightclub in 2019, according to private investigators. Kept watching to see who almost killed him.
The results, reported Saturday by The Boston Globe by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, contradict the crime theory developed by Dominican prosecutors.
Davis told the newspaper that he had identified the drug smuggler, Caesar Paralta, who had planned the shooting by placing a reward on Ortiz and approving a hit squad trying to kill him. Dominican authorities did not cooperate in the private investigation.
PeraltaConspiracy to import cocaine and heroin. The US Treasury designated Perelta a drug lord in 2019 and handed him over to US territory in December.
Ortiz spokesman Joe Byrlein told the Globe that Davis’ findings were withheld until Ortiz’s protection was restored.
Peralta has not been charged in connection with the shooting. Peralta’s lawyer, Joaquin Perez, said Peralta had nothing to do with Ortiz’s life.
“As bad as Cesar Peralta, it’s not even close to being in the ballpark that he has anything to do with it,” Perez said.
Perez called Ortiz and Peralta “close friends.” Ortiz told The Globe that he only knew Peralta by chance and that when he received the news from Davis and Rick Prado, he was “sad, confused, angry, with all sorts of emotions,” which Participating in the inquiry was a former senior CIA official.
Dominican authorities say his target was Sixto David Fernandez, who was sharing a table with Ortiz when he was shot. Authorities say the victims confronted Fernandez with Ortiz, one of Dominican’s most popular ball players ever.
Thirteen people have been charged in connection with the shooting of Ortiz and are awaiting trial in the Dominican Republic.
Bearlin said Ortiz is awaiting further legal action in Dominican and US courts to explain why this happened to him.
The 10-time All-Star, Ortiz helped end the Red Sox ’86-year drought in 2004 and batted .688 to win the series MVP against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013.
Ortiz retired with 541 home runs after the 2016 season, and the team retired their No. 34 uniform.In his first ballot appearance in January.
Ortiz owned a house in the Boston area and lived in the Dominican Republic all year. He was seriously injured in the firing on June 9, 2019. Doctors in the Dominican Republic removed a portion of Ortiz’s gallbladder and intestine after being shot, and he underwent further surgery in the United States.
Ortiz told the Globe that he wanted to know why someone wanted him to die, but “most importantly, thank God I’m alive.”