CARACAS – The body of a newspaper sportswriter was found on the campus of the Venezuelan Central University (UCV) in Caracas, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Jose Daniel Hernandez, who worked for the daily El Nuevo Pais, had “a knife wound in the neck,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The 25-year-old sports reporter also had a knife wound on his lip, the SNTP journalists union said, adding that he had “nothing of value” on him at the time of the stabbing.
Hernandez’s family said he left his home in the Santa Monica district on Monday night and headed to the Paseo Los Proceres, where he planned to work out.
Hernandez, a Santa Maria University graduate, had covered the sports beat for El Nuevo Pais for a year.
The sportswriter was a member of the National Association of Journalists (CNP), which condemned his killing and expressed its condolences to his family and friends.
Grupo Editorial Poleo, which owns El Nuevo Pais, called for “justice” in the case and expressed its condolences to Hernandez’s family.
A total of 28,479 murders were registered last year in Venezuela, giving, the Venezuelan Observatory on Violence (OVV) said.
The South American country’s homicide rate of 91.8 per 100,000 inhabitants made it the second most violent country in the world in 2016, trailing only El Salvador, crime expert Roberto Briceńo Leon told EFE last December.