BOGOTA – Colombian policeman Albeiro Garibello Alvarado, one of the 24 officers wounded in a bomb attack in Bogota last weekend, died on Wednesday, a few hours after doctors declared him brain dead, authorities said.
“The death of our patrolman Albeiro Garibello Alvarado is an irreparable loss for the institution and for the country. We share his family’s pain and will continue working to determine the whereabouts of those who attacked the officers and the public,” said the police director, Gen. Jorge Hernando Nieto.
After learning the news, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also expressed his sorrow over the death of the 23-year-old cop.
“The death of patrolman Albeiro Garibello pains us. I demand alacrity in the investigation and the full weight of the law to fall on the authors of the attack,” said Santos on his Twitter account.
Garibello Alvarado was being cared for with two other cops in the intensive care unit at the Central Police Hospital after sustaining very serious injuries in the remote-control bomb attack which, according to the investigation, still in its early stages, was carried out by members of the National Liberation Army guerrillas near the Santamaria bullring in Bogota’s La Macarena district.
The deceased officer was born in Pasca in Cundinamarca province, had joined the police four years ago and was posted to the 2nd Mobile Anti-riot Squadron, the National Police said in a statement.
“There are 35 commendations in his file for his exemplary performance,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Bogota police commander, Gen. Hoover Penilla, said that his force will not rest “until we find those responsible for this sad deed.”
Bogota Mayor Enrique Peñalosa also expressed his sorrow over Garibello Alvarado’s death.
Still in the ICU at the police hospital are officers Jhon Arley Herrera and Eimer Fidel Cubillos, who are in stable condition and remain under observation, according to a medical report issued by the institution.
Five other officers remain hospitalized with various injuries but all are in stable condition and not in mortal danger, while the 16 remaining cops, as well as two civilians, wounded in the attack have already been released.