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Three arrested over Peace Corps murder

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 MASERU — Three men were taken in for questioning by the police last week in connection with the murder of an American Peace Corps volunteer.

Thomas Maresco, 24, was shot and killed in a suspected robbery after attending a farewell function for a colleague at Maseru Sun on September 3.

His killers fled the scene and have not been arrested.

Police spokesman Lekhotla Mokete however told the Sunday Express on Friday that three people had been taken in for questioning in connection with the murder.

“I cannot really say they are suspects in this case but police have taken three men aged between 25 and 28 for an interview,” Mokete said.

Maresco was laid to rest at Riverview Memorial Park in Port St Lucie, Florida, in the United States on Thursday.

According to online reports, Lesotho’s ambassador to the US, Mohlomi Rantekoa, expressed his country’s condolences to Maresco’s family during a graveside service at the Riverview Memorial Park.

Rantekoa however told mourners that two people had been arrested in connection with the murder.

“Two suspects were arrested on Wednesday night,” Rantekoa said after the service.

“I can’t say at this time that one of them actually killed Maresco but we do know that they are somehow connected with the crime.”

Rantekoa told Maresco’s parents, family and friends at the service that “the long arm of the law will find whoever committed this crime and bring them to justice”.

Maresco was a talented guitar player.

He had planned to attend medical school after his stint in the Peace Corps.

“Music and medicine, those were his two passions,” said Maresco’s father, Thomas C Maresco Sr.

“Tommy always wanted to make people feel better. Music was one way of doing that.

“He planned for medicine to be another. He always wanted to share what he had, and he had a lot to offer.”

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