Tragic moment 19-year-old Peruvian is thrown off a bridge in Colombia after two ‘Venezuelan men’ asked him what country he was from
- Authorities in Colombia are searching for two Venezuelans after one of them threw 19-year-old Silvano Cántaro off a bridge in Mercaderes, Cauca
- A man with a Venezuelan accent appears in a video asking Cántaro his nationality before he picked him up and tossed him over the guardrail
- The Colombian National Police discovered his body on Saturday
- Cántaro traveled from the central Peru province of Huánuco where he met a Colombian man named Andrés and a Venezuelan man in Peru
- The individuals convinced him to travel to Colombia to purchase clothes for his business
- He contacted his family on February 10 to alert them that he needed extra money because he was being extorted by the Colombian man
Colombian authorities are searching for two individuals wanted for the murder of a Peruvian teenager who was thrown off a bridge after they asked him what country he was from.
The suspects, who are believed to be Venezuelan nationals, confronted Silvano Cántaro on a vehicular bridge in the department of Cauca, where they recorded him being cornered against a guardrail.
One of the men instructs the 19-year-old to ‘speak clearly’ and to ‘talk right’ before his accomplice tells him to focus the cellphone’s camera on Cántaro.
Silvano Cántaro appeared on a video being confronted by two men, who according to Colombian authorities may be Venezuelans, and being asked what country he is from before he replied he is from Peru. One of the suspects then flipped him over a bridge guardrail before they took off running
Silvano Cántaro was reportedly convinced by a Colombian man named Andrés to visit Medellín, Colombia, where he could but clothes at a discounted rate and then take it back to Perú where he could sell it for much more.
He then asks Cántaro where he is from before the defenseless teen said he was from the central province of Huánuco.
The assailant subsequently questions Cántaro, ‘what country are you from,’ and he says, ‘from Peru.’
The man proceeds by stepping up to Cántaro and flipping him over the guardrail, sending him crashing down to what appears to be a forest area in the Cauca municipality of Mercaderes. He then tosses Cántaro’s backpack off the bridge.
The suspect behind the camera takes off running and exclaims, ‘delete it. what’s dead is dead,’ before the video is cut off.
The Colombian National Police announced Saturday that it had discovered a body that matched Cántaro’s description.
Cántaro worked at a market in Huánuco where he met a Colombian man named Andrés and a Venezuelan man who had convinced him that he could make more money if he traveled to Medellín, Colombia, where he could purchase clothes and sell them at a higher price back home.
Silvano Cántaro is grabbed and tossed over a bridge in Colombia after he was asked by two individuals what country he was from. After replying he was from Huánuco, Peru, one of the suspects grabbed him and flipped him over the bridge’s guardrail. The 19-year-old’s body was discovered by authorities on Saturday
A suspect’s video captures the moment 19-year-old Peruvian national Silvano Cántaro is tossed off a bridge in Colombia
Cántaro rounded up $1,400 and left his home for Colombia on January 25, although Colombian immigration officials don’t have any information of his entry in their database.
However, Cántaro’s business trip went awry when he contacted his sister Janet Cántaro on February 10 and asked if she could wire him money because he had been extorted and left homeless by Andrés, according to Peruvian newspaper El Comercio.
‘He said, “‘Janet, please, I was left with nothing here. Send me money please,'” she recalled.
‘It was 8:00pm. I told him that tomorrow morning I would deposit it to him, to send me the account and that I was going to do what was possible. The next day he was no longer connected. I wrote to him, I called him and he no longer answered the phone.’
Peruvian newspaper El Correo reported that Janet Cántaro said she later called her brother’s phone and that she spoke to Andrés, who informed her that Silvano Cántaro was fine.
No arrests had been reported as of Monday.
Silvano Cántaro was working at a market in Huánuco, Peru, and met two men, including a Colombian national named Andrés, who convinced him to travel to Medellín, Colombia, where he could purchase clothes at a discounted rate and sell back home at a much higher price. He reportedly left for Colombia on January 25, but contacted his sister February 10 seeking a wire transfer after he had fallen victim to an extortion scam by Andrés, who left him homeless. His sister never heard from him and learned he was killed after seeing a video that showed a man throwing him off a bridge. His body was discovered in the Colombian department of Cauca on Saturday