The woman believed to be at the center of the David Ortiz shooting riddle can today be revealed as a curvy Dominican model who flocked to the slugger’s side as he fought for his life in the hospital.
DailyMailTV has identified Maria Yeribell Martinez Garcia as the female seen clashing with Big Papi’s entourage in a waiting room hours after the failed $8,000 ‘hit’ on the baseball star on June 9 in the Dominican Republic.
A video of the incident circulating on social media shows the busty YouTube beauty vlogger arguing with several other women before being thrown to the floor amid chaotic scenes.
The young mom has not been spotted since, though someone claiming to be Garcia gave a brief phone interview to a Dominican TV station in which she denied any romantic involvement with married Ortiz, 43.
‘We are friends, he knows my family and the people are making things much larger,’ she said in Spanish. ‘His recuperation is what’s important right now, not me, not the people in the clinic.’
Ortiz is back in the US and expected to recover after he was shot in the back Sunday night in a crowded patio bar in Santo Domingo’s bustling Ensanche Ozama neighborhood.
Dominican Police say a gang of sicarios – hitmen – stalked Ortiz before shooting him at point blank range to claim 400,000 Dominican Pesos ($7,805) that was offered to gun down the former Red Sox star.
Police have not said who was behind the ‘murder for hire’ plot but three law enforcement sources told DailyMail.com it’s believed the organizer was a Dominican drug lord who thought Ortiz was having an affair with his girlfriend.
Garcia has not been accused of any wrongdoing and denies being involved with a mobster, describing the love triangle allegation as ‘totally false’ in an Instagram post circulated on social media.
Alex Radetsky, a US-based agent for Ortiz, declined to comment on whether his famed client had any sort of relationship with Garcia, romantic or otherwise.
But on Monday, a representative for Ortiz, Leo Lopez denied that the shooting had anything to do with a woman but said it was the act of ‘hired’ killers.
SOURCE: BEN ASHFORD, Daily Mail