A political activist who once supported Hugo Chavez before denouncing President Nicolás Maduro’s regime died early Wednesday morning at a hospital in Venezuela after he was reported missing last week
Alí Domínguez, 27, disappeared last Thursday after attending a meeting to discuss humanitarian aid at the Caracas offices of Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional.
Alí Mauricio Gómez, 31, told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that his friend was last heard from after he sent a voice note via WhatsApp at 6pm local time and was last seen active on the social media platform at 6.50pm.
Domínguez, who was a member of the communications department at the Bolivarian University of Venezuela, was found lying unconscious on a highway by firemen and was taken to Domingo Luciani Hospital on Friday.
Domínguez had been beaten and suffered a traumatic brain injury and had his teeth knocked out, among other injuries.
Political activist Alí Domínguez, died early Wednesday morning after he was found beaten on a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, last Friday
According to news station VPI TV, Domínguez, the second oldest among seven other siblings, went 15 hours without receiving any medical attention.
Bolivarian National Police reportedly refused to register missing persons report on his family’s behalf and instructed them to reach out to intelligence officials since they deemed it to be a politically sensitive case.
Domínguez was brutally beaten a year ago after denouncing corrupt officials at the university and received death threats soon after.
Dominguez’s friends and family members put together a social media campaign Sunday, using the hashtag – #QueAparezcaAlíDomínguez [#HopeAlíDomínguezReappears.
His brother, Jesús Domínguez, made several attempts to search forhim at the hospital Sunday and Monday but security staff repeatedly turned them away because they didn’t have his name in the system.
Jesus Domínguez eventually identified his brother at the hospital whenb his sibling was in a coma.
Domínguez was the second oldest among eight brothers and sisters. Friends and family members visited
Bethania Domínguez, 31, told DailyMail.com couldn’t believe her ‘hero’ brother had suddenly been taken from her.
Her parents were having a difficult time coping with their tragic loss.
She described her brother as a person who was just fighting for the next person’s well-being.
‘We never imagined that something like this could happen to my hero,’ Bethania Domínguez said.
‘He was an unblemished worker. He always helped who he could,’ she added.
‘He was young man without any fears. He was the humblest person that I could have met in my life.’