Updated 09/23/2010 11:08 PM
Diplomat Found Dead Inside Bronx Apartment
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A Nicaraguan official was found dead Thursday morning inside his Bronx apartment.
Officials say Cesar Mercado, the current consul general of Nicaragua, was found inside an apartment at 2070 Grand Concourse in Tremont at about 10:15 a.m. His throat had been slashed.
Mercado's body was found by his driver, who was picking him up to take him to the United Nations General Assembly's annual meeting. The driver went up to the apartment, found the door was open and then found his employer's body.
Sources tell NY1 that Mercado, 34, lived in the apartment for six years and that he was last seen Wednesday at 4 p.m. outside the building.
Police say they found a knife inside the apartment.
A neighbor who lives on the floor below Mercado said he heard a lot of noise coming from his apartment last night.
"Last night I heard a lot of things on the floor, like 'boom, boom,' but I don't know what they were doing," said the building resident. "I heard somebody banging on the wall and all that and somebody screaming."
A few people who spoke with NY1 at the scene say they knew about Mercado's position, while others say he simply appeared to be a working man with a nice personality.
"He always said hi to my daughter. He's always friendly to every body. He says hi. I have seen him a couple of times on the elevator and he was just saying hi to me and hi to the baby," said one neighbor.
U.N. sources tell NY1 that Mercado had worked in the United States for the last eight years.
The Embassy of Nicaragua says it is cooperating with the ongoing police investigation.