The president of the Employee Union of the State Insurance Fund Corporation, Francisco “Kiko” Reyes, he died tonight amid a double murder recorded in Carolina, confirmed to The new day Inspector Carlos Nazario, director of the Carolina CIC.
Nazario said Reyes was accompanied by his wife and a minor child, but they were not injured. The scene also recovered around a hundred bullet casings.
According to the preliminary report, a call to the Emergency System 9-1-1 at 6:44 p.m. warned about the events that occurred on the PR-887, under the bridge of Route 66. Upon arriving at the aforementioned place, the agents located the shot bodies of two men.
One of the victims was found inside a BMW-branded motor vehicle, black color, which was found located on the climb to Route 66 and the other body was found inside a Hyundai Optima vehicle, cream color, which was located on the PR-887 road, under the Route 66 bridge.
Although the investigation is in preliminary stage, Nazario indicated that it is not ruled out that the vehicle of Reyes and his family has been trapped in the middle of a shooting between occupants of other cars.
The other injured party was identified as Christian Díaz Abreu.
Agents of the Carolina Homicide Criminal Investigation Corps are in place for the relevant investigation.
Union is expressed
The union’s communications adviser, Madeline Ramírez, told El Nuevo Día that Reyes was in his second term as president.
He worked “all his life” in the area of insurance in the corporation.
“He was one of the leaders of the new Puerto Rican trade union struggle of greater prominence at this time,” said Ramirez.
During his tenure as a union leader, “he fought hard and hard against labor reform, adjustments to medical plans, austerity measures affecting workers, the administration’s various attempts to privatize parts of the CFSE behind the backs of workers and fought until the last day of his life to achieve greater communication with the administration so that unionized employees could recover their rights, “Ramírez added.
He recalled with satisfaction that in the last moments of his administration he managed to get the administration to sit down again at the negotiating table with the Board of the Employees Union.
“Everything he did from his presidency was to rebuild what was lost, what was affected as a result of the measures to the detriment of the workers,” he synthesized.
He described him as “vertical, committed and a 150% fighter.”
“We have lost a great leader”
For his part, the president of the Association of Managers of the Corporation of the State Insurance Fund, José Ortíz Torres, lamented the death of Reyes and sent his condolences to the family.
“We have lost a great union leader always in defense of our workplace and the rights of its registration and public servants,” he said in written statements.
He added that Reyes “always as a priority the defense of the unionized and the permanence of the CFSE as a public service against attacks to privatize it.”