NEW YORK CITY – A Nicaraguan diplomatic official was found dead with his throat slashed in an apartment in the Bronx Thursday, when his driver came to pick him up for the United Nations General Assembly’s annual meeting.
The driver found Cesar Mercado, the country’s consul general, lying just inside his apartment with the door unlocked at around 10:35 a.m. New York Police Department (NYPD) detectives recovered a 12-inch steak knife found next to the bloody bathroom sink and a 4- to 6-inch paring knife in the sink.
“We are all profoundly shocked by what happened to Cesar,” said Danilo Rosales Diaz, Nicaragua’s Permanent Representative at the UN, according to the Wall Street Journal. “He will be very much missed by his colleagues.”
Inside Mercado’s studio apartment in the Bronx’s Fordham Heights section, furniture was overturned, but there were no signs of robbery or forced entry, which suggests that he might have know his killer.