Dominican DJs Shot And Killed During Facebook Live Broadcast

The video has not yet been taken down.

By Eric Shorey

Dominican radio personality Luis Manuel Medina and his co-host Leonidas Martinez were shot and killed while broadcasting their program live on Facebook in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. The moments before the murders were caught by computers that had been streaming the broadcast.

According to CNN, the radio hosts had regularly posted live videos of segments of their show. Video of the hosts' final moments remains on Facebook, with commentors mourning the deaths of those depicted. Here's the video from yesterday (NSFW):

According to The New York Times, police have identified three suspects in the crimes, but their names or motivation has not yet been released. That being said, NYT notes that while the killing of journalists in the DR is rare, some say they receive death threats for covering the debate around immigration and for discussing the government's hostility towards Haitians.

"We deeply regret today's events with the death of these communicators, a condemnable and painful act that has appalled the Dominican society," attorney general Jean Rodriguez said, translated from Spanish. "The investigations are underway and we will seek with all the tools at our disposal to find the truth."

[Photo: Screenshot via Facebook Live]

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