KEISHLA Rodríguez Ortiz was pregnant with boxer Felix Verdejo’s child at the time of her death, according to her family.
Verdejo has been charged with her murder after he turned himself in to the authorities.
Who was Keishla Marlen Rodriguez?
Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, 27, was the pregnant lover of boxer Félix Verdejo.
Her body was found in a lagoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, two days after she was reported missing by her family.
She had been drugged, thrown off a bridge and shot.
Rodríguez was officially identified via dental records on Sunday, Puerto Rico’s Institute of Forensic Science said in a statement.
Rodríguez’s family said she was pregnant with Verdejo’s child at the time of her murder.
Verdejo is married but had known Rodríguez since middle school and kept in touch with her, Keila Ortíz, the victim’s mother, told reporters.
Ortíz said that her daughter had called her before she vanished Thursday and told her that Verdejo was coming to her house to see the results of a pregnancy test she'd taken.
Ortíz said she warned her daughter to "be careful", as Verdejo "had already threatened her," she claimed.
She said Verdejo had told her daughter not to have the baby, citing his career and family.
Ortíz reported her daughter missing after she didn’t show up for her job at an animal grooming business.
She said her other daughter was contacted by Rodríguez's boss, informing her of her no-show for work.
"For me, that was super strange because she is very responsible about her job," she told local media.
Ortíz said she then called Verdejo, who reportedly told her he didn't know where she was.
"You’re lying to me — that’s the first lie,” Ortíz recalled telling him. “She talked to me a little while ago, and told me that you were going to her house when you were done working out.”
What has Felix Verdejo been charged with?
A criminal complaint filed by the FBI accuses Verdejo, 27, of punching Rodríguez in the face and injecting her with a syringe filled with an unidentified substance.
Verdejo and Rodríguez Ortiz are said to have met on Thursday evening in Verdejo’s black Durango SUV, according to a federal criminal complaint.
At some point while inside the vehicle, Verdejo allegedly punched her in the face “and she was injected with a syringe filled with substances,” which were not specified in the complaint.
Then, Verdejo and a witness are accused of tying her hands and feet with wire, the New York Times reports.
They also tied a block to her, according to the complaint, and loaded her body into the vehicle she had driven to meet Verdejo.
The witness and Verdejo are then said to have driven both vehicles onto the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, which crosses the San Jose Lagoon, near San Juan.
According to the complaint, they tossed Rodríguez Ortiz into the water.
Then it’s claimed Verdejo shot at her with a pistol from the bridge, the complaint further alleges.
Verdejo was officially charged in Rodríguez’s death on Sunday night after he turned himself in to the authorities.
He has been charged with kidnapping resulting in death, carjacking resulting in death, intentionally killing an unborn child.
Verdejo could face the death penalty if convicted, though the US Attorney's Office said no decision had yet been made as to whether to pursue execution.
Verdejo represented Puerto Rico at the Olympics in 2012, the same year he became a professional boxer competing in the lightweight division.
His career was temporarily sidetracked after a 2016 motorcycle accident that put him in the hospital. His record is 27-2, with 17 knockouts.
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