An employee of Agencia Efe in Venezuela was slain Friday by unknown persons who gunned him down at the entrance to the news bureau in Caracas.

Edgar Rangel, a 49-year-old Venezuelan national, was shot three times as he was about to enter the office located in the Las Palmas district, after carrying out his duties at different institutions as he did every day.

His workmates found him at the entrance and quickly took him to the Mendez Gimon Clinic in Las Palmas, where doctors could do nothing to save his life.

Rangel was among the agency's non-journalistic personnel and had worked at Efe since 1992.

Police have launched an investigation into the crime, presumably related to a robbery attempt by two individuals riding a motorcycle.

Agencia Efe sent its condolences to the family of Rangel, who leaves a wife and four children.

During the almost 20 years he worked for the news agency, Edgar contributed his painstaking care and diligence, besides being an example of good humor that never failed to lighten the day's work for his fellow employees.