Dominican-American held in teen's killing in Dominican Republic
LAWRENCE(USA) — A Lawrence man is facing charges in the Dominican Republic that he killed his teenage lover who wanted to break off the relationship when she found out he was married, according to published reports.

Edwin Manuel Rodriguez, 45, is accused of shooting Carmen Vanessa Vasquez, 19, twice in the abdomen on June 27 in a motel where the girl's mother worked.

He is being held on bail the equivelent of about $350,000.

Rodriguez had taken the girl to the resort on the pretense he wanted to talk to her mother, according to information published in the Dominican newspaper El Caribe, and reported by other news outlets on the island.

The girl's mother, Ana Balbuena, closed the motel's gates preventing Rodriguez from escaping from the area, the newspaper said.

Rodriguez, who is from Castanuela in the northern part of the island, migrated to the United States more than 20 years ago. He has a sister and two brothers in Lawrence, according to a friend of his in the city who asked not to be identified.

He is married and has two children — a grown son who has a family of his own and a daughter in college, according to the friend.

Rodriguez has worked in asbestos removal for many years. He is a supervisor for an asbestos removal company in Boston.

According to the newspaper report, the teenager wanted to break up the relationship which started when she was 17.

Vasquez' death is the 40th death by domestic violence in the Domincan Republic so far this year, according to Wendy Luzon of Lawrence, cofounder of De La Mano, a Spanish language hotline for battered women.



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