The Mallorcan chef David Peregrina and his wife, the Brazilian Erica da Silva Santos, were found dead last Saturday, November 25, in the restaurant they ran in the tourist town of Porto Seguro, on the banks of the Buranhém river, in the Ilha do region. Pau do Macaco.
The cook, 53 years old, and his wife, 38; They were at the premises when the crime was perpetrated, in the early hours of the morning of the previous day. According to the first testimonies that the Bahia Police have been able to collect, at the time of the event shots and cries for help were heard.
An event that has completely shocked her colleagues, friends and family both in Brazil and in Mallorca, where Peregrina emigrated a few years ago to dedicate herself to her great passion, cooking, in the Rio country. However, the unknowns continue to arise after her death, since it is unknown what the motivation behind these murders would have been.
For the moment, the local police continue with their investigation and questioning possible witnesses to the event. The main hypothesis being considered for now is that both would have been victims of a cold-blooded execution, since no signs of robbery were found in the establishment.
In addition to possible testimonies from neighbors who could be close to the scene when the event occurred, investigators also do not rule out requesting the couple's bank transactions, as well as their telephone history in the days before the atrocious crime, in search of clues. .
A movement that could clarify whether or not what happened could be related to some type of illegal economic maneuver or settling of scores. In the last few hours, an old conviction of David Peregrina himself has also come to light, precisely for an economic crime, which occurred in the middle of the real estate boom at the beginning of the 2000s.
At the beginning of 2012, Peregrina was the main person convicted of the 30 accused of a plot that was dedicated to committing scams through the purchase and sale of real estate in Mallorca. Peregrina, then director of a branch of the Caixa Rural de Muro, took advantage of his position to commit crimes of fraud and document falsification. Peregrina received a sentence of three years and nine months in prison.
At the moment, the motivations behind the crime are unknown, but the investigation continues. According to the first police reports, the Majorcan was in the kitchen of the establishment, and was shot twice: one in the chest and another in the back. His wife, on the other hand, was taking a shower when she heard the first shots, and she was attacked when she tried to escape. The Brazilian was shot in the head. No signs of sexual violence were found.
A wake for the memory of both was held last weekend in the hall of the Itagimirin Town Hall, the town where the Mallorcan chef's wife was originally from and where both have already been buried.