Venezuela’s violence hits home for embassy staff

Former coworker shot dead during unrest.

Embassy Photo: Sam Garcia
José Guillén Araque, pictured at a July 2011 ceremony on Parliament Hill, died after he was shot in Venezuela. He leaves a wife and two daughters.
Kristen Shane
Published: Wednesday, 03/26/2014 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 03/26/2014 11:05 am EDT

In photos, he appears serious. Dressed in a formal military uniform, his brown eyes stare ahead and his lips are unsmiling. But away from the formality and among colleagues at the Venezuelan Embassy, a former coworker says Major José Guillén Araque was always joking.

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