The Federated States of Micronesia's national government has confirmed that Rachelle Bergeron, an American citizen working for the FSM State of Yap as the state's acting attorney general, has died.
Her death "was the result of an alleged homicide," the national government stated.
FBI helping in the investigation
"The State of Yap, with the assistance of the FSM Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, are coordinating efforts to complete a thorough investigation," the national government stated.
The acting attorney general of Yap state was shot outside of her home Monday night.
The victim was shot last night at about 7 or 8 p.m. by a single suspected shooter, according to information released by a police spokesperson to Radio New Zealand.
A friend of the family shared the heartbreaking news on Facebook that Bergeron's husband and neighbors rushed her to the hospital following the shooting, but they were unable to revive her. The friend writes that Bergeron and her husband were getting ready to celebrate their one-year anniversary.
Police in Yap are investigating. A motivation behind the deadly shooting is still unknown.
According to Yap State Government Public Information Service, Bergeron was hired as an assistant AG in Yap in August 2015. She was promoted to acting AG in January.
A representative from the Federate States of Micronesia Consulate General Office in Guam said they are working to confirm details of the shooting.