This Aug. 2015, photo posted on Facebook shows Rachelle Bergeron sitting a desk after taking on her new role as assistant attorney general of Yap State, on the Federated States of Micronesia. Bergeron was shot and killed outside her home on Yap on Oct. 14, 2019. (Yap State Government via AP)

Koror, Palau – Local police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have identified “several persons of interest” one week after the murder of American lawyer Rachelle Bergeron in Yap  State, FSM, according to to a State Government statement issued yesterday.

“We can now report that they have completed the initial phase of the investigation and have progressed to an intermediate phase that has resulted in the identification of several persons of interest,” the Yap State Government Public Information Service said.

It added that the next phase of the investigation is to make an arrest “and ultimately, a conviction.”

Yap’s Acting Attorney General Rachelle Bergeron was killed by gunfire early Monday evening last week, Oct. 14, outside her home after returning from her daily jog.

Ms Bergeron was rushed to the hospital, but due to fatal wounds, 21 bullet holes in total, she was dead on arrival.

Although Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) prohibits gun possession, Ms. Bergeron was shot three times at a close range, with locals confirming the use of a shotgun to kill the American lawyer.

The murder shocked the otherwise peaceful state of Yap as Governor Henry Falan vowed to do everything to have justice prevail and restore civility back into the state following the shooting.

Falan thanked the community and citizens of Yap for the contributions to the investigation, cooperation with the authorities.

The state government said it will “issue the next statement when there is more news to report.”

A memorial service for Ms. Bergeron is scheduled in the afternoon today., Oct. 22 at 3:00 p.m. afternoon at the YSM 2 property located behind Yap Baptist Church in Dalipebinaw.

“The memorial service will not be a viewing, but a time for testimonies and singing from those who loved and respected her as a person and as a public servant,” the FB post stated. (Bernadette H. Carreon)