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Co-Executor of Rose Estate Arrives in the Dominican Republic

May 14, 1988

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ A co-executor of the George Rose estate arrived Friday to survey property owned by the slain Broadway actor, a U.S. Embassy official said.

The New York attorney may also take care of the final deposition of Rose’s body, placed in a funeral home in the capital Santo Domingo, said the embassy official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

It was not known when the body might be returned to New York. A memorial service is planned at the Shubert Theater for May 25.

Rose was 68 when he was slain May 4.

According to the embassy spokesman, the attorney did not want to be identified, had no plans to meet with the news media and did not know when he planned to leave the Caribbean island and return to New York.

The attorney traveled 160 miles northwest to the tourist town of Sosua, where Rose owned a beach home for nine years. It was also near Sosua, where he was beaten to death.

Police had announced Thursday that four men, including Rose’s 18-year-old adopted son and the youth’s father, had been charged with murder in connection with Roses’s death and one of the four was being sought by authorities.

The three - Rose’s adopted son, Domingo Antonio Ralfe Vazquez, called Juan; the young man’s natural father, Juan Antonio Vazquez Padilla, and the youth’s uncle, Maximo Padilla Vazquez - appeared at a news conference and told reporters they plotted the actor’s slaying.

The natural father accused Rose of being involved in homosexual activity and of prostituting his son, which he said prompted him to plan the slaying.

Still at large is Luis Manuel Toribio.

The natural fathers’ sworn statement also said the Broadway performer was held for eight hours before he was killed and attempts were made to make the death look like an accident.

The death of the British-born Rose, winner of Tony awards for ″The Mystery of Edwin Drood″ and a revival of ″My Fair Lady,″ had originally been blamed on a single-car accident.