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Shot governor buried amid probe

The governor of an Argentine province has been buried after authorities determined that he died in his bedroom of a single bullet wound to the head, fired from his own handgun after an argument with his wife.

Carlos Soria, ruling party governor of Rio Negro province, was buried in a private ceremony a day after his death early on New Year's Day.

"We know that there was a family argument," prosecutor Miguel Angel Fernandez Jahde said.

The governor's wife, Susana Freydoz, has not been charged in the killing, which is still being investigated, he said.

Police tested Freydoz for evidence that she fired the gun, but she was not detained. She also underwent a medical examination.

The results have not been made public, the case has been sealed and Freydoz has yet to make a formal declaration about what happened in the bedroom.

Soria was buried on Sunday night as about 1,500 people marched in his honour in the provincial town of General Roca, where he had served as mayor for eight years before swearing in as governor on December 10.

An official description of Soria's death released by the courts left many questions unanswered.

"Dr Carlos Soria was the victim of a single gunshot, to the head, from which he died a few minutes later," duty judge Emilio Stadler wrote. "At this point, there is no evidence, nor even a suggestion, indicating that someone else may have been involved."

Soria's son Martin, who replaced him as mayor of General Roca, made no immediate statement about his father's death. The couple had three other children: German, Carlos and Emilia. Emilia and her boyfriend also spent the night of the death in the Soria family home, and were examined for gunshot residue.


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