“Our family forgives the person who did this. One of Orlando’s greatest legacies was to not hold grudges,” they added.
Mr Jorge Mera had served in incumbent President Luis Abinader’s administration since it swept to power in July 2020.
He was the son of former President Salvador Jorge-Blanco and a founding member of the governing Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM).
Mr Jorge Mera leaves behind a wife – the Dominican ambassador to Brazil – and two sons, one of whom is also a PRM lawmaker.