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  • Alexander Conopoy reacts over the coffin of his daughter Alexandra Conopoy, a pregnant 18 year-old killed in Charallave, Venezuela Jan. 1, 2018.

    Alexander Conopoy reacts over the coffin of his daughter Alexandra Conopoy, a pregnant 18 year-old killed in Charallave, Venezuela Jan. 1, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 3 January 2018

National Guard sergeant arrested over shooting and killing a pregnant woman, says Venezuela's state prosecutor.

Venezuelan General Prosecutor Tarek William Saab announced that the Bolivarian National Guard's First Sergeant, David Rebolledo, was being held on several charges following the killing Alexandra Colopoy, an 18-year-old woman who was five months pregnant.

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Witnesses, including Colopoy's husband, say the soldier appeared intoxicated when he arrived at a queue for pork in an area of Caracas, ordering the people to leave because the meat had run out.

“The National Guard went crazy and started firing,” said Colopoy's spouse Bernabé. Rebolledo then shot dead Colopoy and injured his brother Alejandro.

Saab stated Sunday on his Twitter account that the soldier is being charged with homicide with futile motives, inappropriate use of a weapon and simulation of criminal activity.

“It is the responsibility of the Venezuelan government to guarantee respect and enforcement of Human Rights, as well as sanctioning those who violate them.” the prosecutor tweeted.

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