44 year old Samuel Mendez was the 2nd Lieutenant of the Dominican Republic Army. He was also long time General Manager at Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia.

At 11:54 AM on April 20th, 2016 he wrote a note apologizing to his wife, his parents and children. He also apologized to the Fuente family, where he worked since 1995. He also included, “To all who hurt me, that life does justice with you.”

On April 21st, Mendez was found dead with a single gunshot wound to his head. Police found him unresponsive in a Black Ford Explorer SUV in La Barranquita, South of Santiago. (source)

In the vehicle, police also retrieved several firearms, handcuffs and a baton.

In a statement released to Cigar Aficiando after learning about Mendez’ death, Carlos Fuente stated, “He was my right hand, he was my assistant, he was my shadow.” (source)

A copy of the letter left by Mendez was posted on the Dominican news site, Diario Libre:

Samuel Méndez Suicide Note (photo cred: http://www.diariolibre.com/

Samuel Méndez Suicide Note (photo cred: http://www.diariolibre.com/)

He is survived by his wife and two children.

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