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Politicians mourn national deputy Héctor Olivares at Congress wake

President Mauricio Macri and politicians across the political spectrum gathered this morning for a wake to remember UCR national deputy Héctor Olivares.

Monday 13 May, 2019
Funeral service employees enter Congress carrying the coffin of late lawmaker Héctor Olivares for a wake in Buenos Aires on Monday, May 13, 2019.
Funeral service employees enter Congress carrying the coffin of late lawmaker Héctor Olivares for a wake in Buenos Aires on Monday, May 13, 2019. Foto:AP/Natacha Pisarenko

President Mauricio Macri and politicians across the political spectrum gathered this morning for a wake to remember UCR national deputy Héctor Olivares.

Olivares, an elected lawmaker for La Rioja Province, died Sunday, three days after being seriously wounded in a gun attack that also killed provincial official Miguel Marcelo Yadón.

Olivares, 61, and Yadón, 58, were shot at least six times last week just outside the National Congress building in what Security Ministry officials described as a "mafia-style" attack.

Macri and politicians from rival parties put their differences behind to attend Monday's wake at the lower house of Congress in Buenos Aires. Olivares' coffin was displayed at the Salón de Pasos Perdidos, where lawmakers could pay tribute to their fallen colleague.

"This is a great sadness, it is inexplicable. Olivares will be remembered as a great person, I can not comment on what justice is investigating, but I ask them to get to the bottom of it," said pro-government deputy Daniel Lipovetzky at a press conference.

"There's profound sadness," said lawmaker Eduardo Amadeo. "We've lost a colleague, a hard worker and a great defender of his province. ... He was a good friend who will be missed."

The president decreed a 48-hour period of national mourning on Sunday after Olivares succumbed to multiple organ failure as a result of the injuries he sustained in the attack.

The lawmaker's remains will be transferred to La Rioja for a second wake, hosted by the local committee of the UCR – Olivares' political party – on Monday evening, running to Tuesday evening.

At least six people have been detained through the investigation into the attack, including two who are believed to have carried out the attack. Investigators believe the attack was of a personal nature and aimed primarily at Yadón.

Security Minister Patricia Bullrich said this week the attack was carried out by "a whole clan of gypsies."

- TIMES/AP/NA

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