By: Dalila Hashish, News Editor, The Pawprint
Famous crime journalist, Giorgos Karaivaz, was shot at least six times, leaving him dead outside of his home in Athens, Greece at about 2:30 in the afternoon on Friday (April 9 2021).
The Greek man was getting out of his car after getting home from work when he was shot from roughly 5 meters away by two men riding past his home on a moped. Due to the dozens of bullet casings found at the scene as well as the fact that the perpetrators used a silencer to cover their tracks, the police strongly believe that the hit was a professional one.
While Karaivaz was not receiving any active death threats or feeling unsafe enough to request for bodyguards, it is undeniable that he was not everyone’s favorite person, particularly for the criminal population of Greece. At the time of his death, he was working for a TV channel called Star TV, and was the founder of a website called Bloko, which was a news site focused on law enforcement issues and criminal news. Previously, he had also worked at various different news outlets and channels, focusing largely on the topic of crime.
Despite the nature of his work, authorities are not sure that the hit was due to his line of work, saying “Authorities must determine whether Karaivaz was targeted for his work, and should do everything possible to find the killers and bring them to justice”.
Star TV have issued a statement, saying that Karaivaz may have been a victim of domestic terrorism after a motorbike baring great resemblance to the one used in the attack was found abandoned on a higway.
Government spokesperson, Aristotelia Peloni, said that the killing had “shocked us all”, and the reporter will be greatly missed.
The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has issued clear orders to express the investigation to the highest degree, saying that he is determined to find justice for the late journalist.
A manhunt is currently underway for the two men, but police are struggling to find solid leads.