The robbery that killed a 9-year-old American kid earlier this week in the Dominican Republic is said to have been arranged by a family friend.
After traveling with his father from New York to Santiago on Wednesday, 9-year-old Gioser Luis Féliz was shot in the head.
According to reports, Gioser and his father, Sergio Luis Feliz Mancebo, left JFK Airport on Wednesday for a trip to visit family over spring break.
According to the police, a group of criminals surrounded the vehicle just a short time after the occupants had boarded.
The driver, a friend of the boy’s father, tried to flee the scene, the Daily Mail reported.
The muggers shot at the vehicle as it sped away, hitting Gioser in the head.
“I just looked back and saw my son bleeding out,” the victim’s father said.
He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Tomás Pea Morel, 32, was one of six people detained in connection with the death on Thursday.
He was a father’s buddy who would have seen the father’s social media posts about the trip, according to Diario Libre.
Luis Ángel Vargas Brito, Derlin Javier Mercado Martinez, Cesar Junior Ulloa Cuevas, José Manuel Almonte Santana, and Elian Martínez Sánchez have also been arrested in connection to the shooting.
According to reports, the thieves followed the car Gioser and his father were riding in as it departed the airport in a leased car.
Luis Abinader, the president of the Dominican Republic, was alerted about the occurrence and tweeted about it.
“Since I found out about the death of the child Gioser Luis Féliz, I am following up on the case,” he said.
“I have been informed by the Director of the National Police about the arrest of the 5 criminals who committed this horrendous crime. Now justice must be ensured in the courts.”