A second suspect has been arrested in the investigation into the shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, a spokeswoman for the national prosecutor's office told the Associated Press via WhatsApp on Tuesday night.
David Ortiz's former Boston Red Sox teammate Jason Varitek held back tears as he addressed the media at Fenway Park on Monday.
Ortiz is one of the most beloved figures in sports history in the Dominican Republic and Boston, a fearsome power hitter with a ready smile. The Red Sox organization is behind him, and so are many celebrities and dignitaries responding with their support and prayers.
Ortiz, who was born in Santo Domingo, played major league baseball for 20 seasons and is best known for the 14 years he spent with Boston. Both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski shared their admiration for the future Baseball Hall of Fame player. He also apologized for hitting several cars while rushing to the hospital: "That wrongdoing was justified". "Big Papi will be around for a long time". The television personality's injuries are not life-threatening, his wife, TV host Liza Blanco, said.
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The Red Sox said in a statement that "we have offered David's family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts".
Bystanders apprehended one of the suspects, identified by police as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia, and beat and stomped him until police arrived. About 10% of those players come from the Dominican Republic, including Chicago White Sox rookie Eloy Jimenez.
"Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredibly hard time. Defendants have the right to be present at their trial and consult with an attorney in a timely manner, and the indigent have a right to a public defender", the State Department said, though it noted "staffing levels were inadequate to meet demand". "It's a tough situation".
Red Sox manager Alex Cora has not yet reached out to Ortiz, his Red Sox teammate from 2005-08.