David Ortiz was shot dead in 2019 by a drug lord jealous of his fame: report

baseball Hall of Famer David Ortiz was shot dead in 2019 on orders from a Dominican drug lord who felt disrespected by the thug and wanted him dead, a six-month investigation into the botched hit has revealed.

The former Red Sox slugger was shot in the back in a bar in Santo Domingo with TV presenter Jhoel López.

Thirteen suspects were awaiting trial in connection with the non-fatal shooting and the alleged mastermind of crew linked to the gang was murdered last fall.

A private investigator report commissioned by Ortiz revealed that César “The Abuser” Peralta placed a bounty on the ballplayer’s head after a series of interactions with Ortiz that left the politically-affiliated drug lord feeling offended. The Boston Globe reported on Saturday.

The finding, which was disputed by Peralta’s attorney, contradicted DR investigators, who had theorized that the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. The private investigation was conducted by former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and Ric Prado, a former CIA officer.

The conflicting reports left Ortiz “sad, confused, angry, all kinds of emotions,” according to the newspaper.

“I accept what Ed and Ric are telling me, but why hasn’t anyone in the Dominican justice system told me it happened this way?” Ortiz reportedly said. “Instead, it’s the opposite.”

Ortiz hired Davis and Prado to investigate the 2019 incident after concerns about the integrity of the DR’s case, the Globe reported. The prosecutor who led the investigation has since been arrested on corruption charges.

“To be honest, if you live in a country where the judiciary is corrupt, you want to believe [what the government alleges] but you’re going to have different opinions, and that’s exactly what happened back then,” Ortiz reportedly said.

David Ortiz seen in hospital after his shooting in 2019
Ortiz in the ER after being shot in the back in 2019.
Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte shows off the gun used in the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz during a June 12, 2019 news conference.
Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte shows off the gun used in the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz during a June 12, 2019 news conference.
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Ortiz told the newspaper his relationship with Peralta was “loose.” The suspect was extradited to the United States from Columbia in December to face drug trafficking charges in Puerto Rico. according to federal authorities.

The private investigators reportedly found that Peralta’s alleged motive for attempting to kill Ortiz was based on jealousy and perceived slights.

When Oritz retired in 2016, he became a fixture on Santo Domingo’s nightclub scene and frequented many of the drug dealer’s establishments, according to the article.

Dominican baseball player David Ortiz speaks during a news conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, January 25, 2022.
Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz ordered a private investigation into the shooting after growing suspicious of “the Dominican justice system.”
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Peralta welcomed the designated hitter and posed for photos with him, but ultimately grew jealous of the attention Ortiz would receive at his clubs, Davis and Prado reportedly felt.

At one point, Ortiz lived just below Peralta in a luxury apartment building in Santo Domingo and complained about a loud late-night party at Peralta’s home that offended him, investigators believe.

The 5-foot-5 drug dealer was also said to have been offended that the apartment building became known as “Big Papi Tower” by locals.

Dominican drug lord César
Dominican drug lord César “The Abuser” Peralta apparently grew jealous of David Ortiz’s fame in his nightclubs.

“Like other great criminals, Peralta’s ego is so big that he couldn’t afford to usurp his power,” Prado told the Globe.

He “was the king of the streets, the king of the clubs and the biggest shark in the water. If someone tried to acquire that power, consciously or unconsciously, they would take it personally.”

Ortiz said his confidence in Dominican officials had been restored since a snap election was held, but he was angered by the discrepancy between their findings and his investigators’ conclusions.

In this file photo dated May 10, 2013, Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz talks to Toronto Blue Jays players before a baseball game in Boston.
Former Red Sox star David Ortiz apparently lived under Dominican drug lord César Emilio Peralta in a condominium complex in Santo Domingo.
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, file

“I’m in a difficult position because we’re dealing with some dangerous people,” Ortiz reportedly said. “I’m pretty sure this guy is in jail right now, thinking about what he’s going to say or do. I have no intention of living my life in hiding.” David Ortiz was shot dead in 2019 by a drug lord jealous of his fame: report


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