THE FORMER CEO of Amazon Mexico Juan Carlos García is the chief suspect in the murder of his former wife – who was shot dead by an assassin on a motorbike last week.
Abril Pérez Sagaón was travelling in a car with her lawyer and two teen sons to Mexico City airport last Monday when a motorbike pulled alongside and its rider fired two shots into the car, hitting her in the head and chest.
She died in hospital later that night.
Pérez, who had a restraining order against her husband, accused the former executive of attempted murder earlier this year, claiming he beat her with a baseball bat while she was asleep.
She said it was only thanks to her son, who allegedly found García holding a knife to her throat, that she survived that attack.
Her daughter, Ana Cecilia, shared photos of her mum after that incident in January.
She wrote: “Imagine waking up early in the morning to the screams of your mother shouting for her life.
“Imagine waking up and seeing the beautiful face of your mother bleeding thanks to a criminal you once called dad.”
The distressing photos showed Sagaón covered in blood, with a bandage wrapped around her head.
After that, she moved to Monterrey and filed for divorce, gaining custody of the couple’s three children.
Garcia was taken into custody for the incident but released last month when a judge downgraded the charge from attempted murder to domestic violence, El Pais reported.
Sagaón, a mum-of-three, had been in Mexico City for a court hearing and was en route to the airport to leave the country when she was shot dead on Monday.
Her family believe her estranged husband set up the assassination.
A relative told El Pais: “He had the money to pay a hit man. The attack was directed solely at her, and she had no other enemy in this world.”
Her daughter said on Twitter that she had died “after years of fighting against the violence inflicted on her by my father” and retweeted another message with pictures of García under the words “the face of a murderer”.
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In a public letter, García said “I am available to cooperate with the authorities in the investigation. Despite the conflicts we had in our marriage, I would have never wished this tragic end.”
He had been called to court this week but failed to appear.
No arrests have been reported in the case.
García was hired to run Amazon Mexico operations in 2014 and left three years later to join the commerce group Elektra, according to his LinkedIn page.