Nicaraguan diplomatic official found dead in NYC

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September 24, 2010 04:50

 
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NEW YORK — A Nicaraguan diplomat was found dead Thursday with his throat slashed in his blood-spattered apartment and a knife by his side, hours before he was to attend the United Nations General Assembly's annual meeting, officials said.

Cesar Mercado, who had worked at the Nicaraguan consulate as acting consul general, was found in his apartment in the Bronx by the driver who went to pick him up to attend the meeting, police said.

The driver found the door ajar and Mercado's body lying just inside, police said.

"The knife was found on the floor next to him," said Paul Browne, the New York Police Department's deputy commissioner for public information.

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