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Son of ex-of Honduras President Porfirio Lobo gunned down by suspected MS-13 hitmen

A son of former Honduras President Porfirio Lobo has been murdered by suspected MS-13 hitmen — with shocking video footage showing him and three friends lined up against a wall before all being shot execution-style.

Security cameras caught at least five gunmen, seemingly wearing vests from a police anti-gang squad, blocking the exit ramp of a nightclub in capital Tegucigalpa in the early hours Thursday.

Footage from inside the parking lot showed the gunman storming up to an SUV and forcing Lobo’s 19-year-old son Said Lobo Bonilla to get out.

Bonilla and three others with him — including the nephew of a former head of Honduras’ joint military chiefs — looked confused in the footage as they were forced at gunpoint to line up against a garage wall.

The footage shared with local media then cut out before the four men were gunned down execution style, according to local officials.

Video caught the alleged killers storming the parking garage before executing the ex-president’s son and three others who were with him.
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Cameras outside caught the panicked hitmen fleeing the garage, seemingly facing a barrage of gunfire — with one collapsing with a leg injury, needing to be carried away to safety by a cohort.

Lobo confirmed to reporters at the scene that his teenage son was among the dead. Another of his sons was also there but escaped unharmed, he said.

Retired Gen. Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, ex-head of the joint chiefs, also confirmed his nephew, Luis Zelaya, was among the slain men. Bonilla’s driver was among the other two killed.

Ex-President Porfirio Lobo confirmed that his son, Said Lobo Bonilla, was among the dead.
Ex-President Porfirio Lobo confirmed that his son, Said Lobo Bonilla, was among the dead.

Despite the suspects wearing police gang-unit vests, National Police Director Gustavo Sánchez blamed it on the notorious Hispanic gang MS-13, according to the Hondudiario.

“The intention is to provoke chaos, instability and terror,” the police chief claimed.

Honduras President Xiomara Castro expressed solidarity with Lobo’s family.

Members of the Criminal Investigation and National Police move a corpse at the crime scene where Said Lobo Bonilla, son of former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa (2010-2014), was murdered in Tegucigalpa on July 14, 2022. (Photo by Orlando SIERRA / AFP) (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP via Getty Images)
Four men were killed in the shocking caught-on-camera attack blamed on MS-13.
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“I condemn death squads that have operated for years in Honduras with impunity,” she tweeted. “We won’t rest until we dismantle them.”

The ex-president’s family has a long, shady history off involvement with drug activities — and last year he was barred from the US, accused of having accepted bribes from traffickers in exchange for political favors.

Hondura's former president (2010-2014) Porfirio Lobo Sosa (R), attends the hearing of his wife Rosa Elena Bonilla de Lobo -accused of misappropriation of public funds, illicit association and money laundering- at a corruption court in Tegucigalpa on January 28, 2019. (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP via Getty Images)
The US has barred former President Porfirio Lobo from visiting for allegedly accepted bribes from drug traffickers.
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Another of his sons, Fabio, was sentenced in the Manhattan federal court in 2017 to 24 years in prison for smuggling a “multi-ton load” of cocaine into the US.

Former first lady Rosa Bonilla is currently behind bars after being convicted in March of embezzling more than $1 million in public funds while her husband was president. 

Former First Lady is behind bars, convicted of embezzling more than $1 million in public funds, and had to apply for permission to leave for her son's funeral.
Former first lady Rosa Bonilla is behind bars, convicted of embezzling more than $1 million in public funds.
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On Thursday, she requested — and received — special permission to leave prison so she could attend her son’s funeral.

With Post wires



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