Diplomats, with all of their power as foreign emissaries, tend to keep a low news profile. If you don’t notice, whenever anything happens to them, it makes big news, as they are for all intents and purposes, foreign powers on American soil.
Well, expect to see this on the front cover of the tabloid dailies tomorrow: a Nicaraguan diplomat was found dead in the Bronx with his throat slashed and the knife used to kill him nearby.
A Nicaraguan diplomat based in New York was found dead Thursday with his throat slashed in his apartment in the Bronx, said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne. The victim is not being identified pending family notification.
Does anyone find this strangely timed, seeing how the U.N. General Assembly just met, oh, yesterday? Also, Maria Rubiales de Chamorro — who’s the Permanent Representative to the UN for Nicaragua — is based in New York City, and her office just told a reporter from WMUR New Hampshire they couldn’t release any more information:
The official’s name has not been released. He was believed to be headed to the United Nations for the opening of the General Assembly’s annual meeting. The body was discovered in an apartment in the South Bronx that was believed to be the man’s residence. A knife was recovered at the scene. An assistant to Nicaragua’s ambassador to the United Nations, Maria Rubiales de Chamorro, said the mission couldn’t immediately release any information.
And there’s the General Assembly connection. More as we get it.
UPDATE: The name of the diplomat was Cesar Mercado, he was the Nicaraguan counsel in New York. He was 34 years-old:
A resident who lives in the apartment below Mercado’s told CNN he heard “screaming and banging” from Mercado’s residence Wedneday night. Mercado lived on the sixth floor of the building. Mercado’s driver may have been picking him up to take him to meet with the Nicaraguan delegation attending the United Nations General Assembly, police said. Mercado was found at about 10:30 a.m., said Danilo Rosales Diaz, deputy permanent representative of Nicaragua to the United States. Mercado had lived in the United States for eight years and had been consul the entire time, Rosales said.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 23, 2010