Mum, 34, shot in the head by man, 29, trying to kill former school bully in office rampage


A MUM has been shot in the head by a man trying to kill a former school bully.

Cleaner Mariela Marquez, 34, was accidentally killed when she walked into a stray bullet while working in an office.

Mariela Marquez, 34, was shot in the head while at work

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Mariela Marquez, 34, was shot in the head while at workCredit: Newsflash
Geronimo Helguera, 29, was trying to hunt down a former class mate

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Geronimo Helguera, 29, was trying to hunt down a former class mateCredit: Newsflash

Geronimo Helguera, 29, shot dead the hard-working mum as he hunted down a former school pal in the town of Yerba Buena, Argentina.

Witnesses told the police the man was carrying a gun and seemed out of his mind at the time of the shooting.

Mariela was rushed to Hospital Padilla on Wednesday with critical injuries but sadly died the following day.

Helguera had allegedly been trying to track down and murder someone by the name “Ledesma”.

When he found him, Helguera began insulting him and threatening him.

He then pulled out a gun and fired as Mariela was passing through that part of the office at the time.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the local police station as cops retrieved the alleged murder weapon he had thrown into a street bin.

Judge Isabel de los Angeles Mendez referred Helguera for a mental examination and was later admitted into Obarrio Psychiatric Hospital.

Mariela’s brother-in-law, Gustavo Campos, told reporters she cleaned offices, buildings and galleries “so her children were never left lacking anything”.

Former classmates confirmed Helguera and Ledesma had gone to school together but don’t recall any problems between the two.

The suspect’s assigned lawyers, Ernesto Basclini and Camilo Atim Antuni, highlighted that he had “been on medication for a long time” and described the incident as “a real tragedy”.

Mariela worked hard so her kids were 'never left lacking anything,' her brother-in-law said.

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Mariela worked hard so her kids were ‘never left lacking anything,’ her brother-in-law said.Credit: Newsflash
The gallery where Helguera allegedly killed Mariela

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The gallery where Helguera allegedly killed MarielaCredit: Newsflash

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