United Nations Diplomat Dead in the Bronx with Slit Throat

Believed to be in town for the U.N. General Assembly, a Nicaraguan diplomat turns up dead in the Bronx

A Nicaraguan diplomat whose throat had been slashed was found dead Wednesday by his driver, who was picking him up for the United Nations General Assembly's annual meeting.

Cesar Mercado, 34, was found at 10:35 a.m. in his apartment in the Bronx. The driver found the door ajar and Mercado's body lying just inside the blood-spattered apartment, police said.

"The knife was found on the floor next to him," said Paul Browne, the NYPD's deputy commissioner for public information.

Police were investigating a possible motive, and no suspects were immediately identified.

"It makes me worry about my own safety, if this can happen here," said a neighbor who called it "a safe building."

Mercado was a consulate officer who'd worked in New York for about eight years. An assistant to Nicaragua's ambassador to the United Nations, Maria Rubiales de Chamorro, said the mission couldn't immediately release any information.

Leaders from 192 nations were in town for the General Assembly, including Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who is a fierce critic of the United States and a defender of North Korea and Iran. President Barack Obama addressed the General Assembly on Thursday.

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