ASUNCION – Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes led Friday’s farewell to Agriculture Minister Luis Gneiting and the three other people killed along with him in a plane crash earlier this week.
Senior officials and politicians gathered at the Asuncion headquarters of the ruling Colorado Party to pay tribute to their late colleague.
Visibly moved, Cartes draped a Colorado banner over the coffin alongside the Paraguayan flag.
Cartes attended the ceremony in the company of Gneiting’s relatives and friends, Vice President Alicia Pucheta and former President Nicanor Duarte, among other dignitaries.
A Catholic priest eulogized Gneiting and the three other victims of the accident: Deputy Minister Vicente Ramirez, former Deputy Minister Gerardo Lopez – who was at the controls of the plane – and ministry official Luis Charotti, serving as co-pilot.
The priest also mentioned Gneiting’s mother, who died of a long illness a few hours after the deadly crash.
The small airplane went down Wednesday afternoon just minutes after taking off from the airport in the southern city of Ayolas.