Cali, Colombia – Just days before Thanksgiving the lives of those close to the victim Maria Cristina Calle, 46, have been drastically changed. Specifically, the lives of the two children Calle leaves behind to mourn over their loss.
Calle tragically died in broad daylight at the Santa Monica MIO station in the Colombian city of Cali after being blasted.
The clip shared by the Sun shows a gunman in a white top and red cap running up to María Cristina Calle as she walked with two children in Cali — shooting her as she backed away with her hands up.
One of the young children initially ran toward where the killer fled, while the other appeared to remain in place in shock, the footage from surveillance cameras shows.
The 46-year-old mom was hit twice in Saturday’s attack — in the chest and head — and died almost instantly, officials told Canal 44.
Other sources like the news outlet, Noticias Caracol, said the victim was shot four times – including in the throat – and died at the scene.
The shooter then ran from the scene and remains at large.
Jorge Ivan Ospina, the mayor of Cali, took to Twitter to denounce the “cowardly” act and indicated that the gunman was believed to be the woman’s ex-boyfriend. He said the Cali police and prosecutor’s office are investigating the murder and so far they believe that the perpetrator was Calle’s ex-partner based on all the available information. Ospina labeled the crime as femicide and added, “Why don’t early warning systems work for domestic abuse, harassment, and sexual violence?”
The gunman, whose name has not been released at this time, remains at large. Ospina added that a reward of about $5,500 is being offered for information that would lead to the capture of the suspected gunman.