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Tiffany Ortiz pays Father’s Day tribute to ‘Big Papi’

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 6/16/2019 Jeremy C. Fox
David Ortiz wearing a suit and tie: Tiffany and David Ortiz in 2016. © Getty Images/File Tiffany and David Ortiz in 2016.

Tiffany Ortiz offered a public Father’s Day salute on Instagram Sunday to her husband, wounded Red Sox legend David Ortiz, as he continues his recovery in Boston after being shot a week ago in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

“This Fathers Day brings with it a new appreciation for life and an awareness in what truly matters,” wrote Tiffany Ortiz, who has three children with the retired slugger. “This man, my husband, the father of our beautiful children has been the center of our universe for as long as we have been together (23years strong).”

The message appeared alongside a photo of David Ortiz wearing a dark fedora and mirrored sunglasses that reflected the image of a barn owl.

Leo López, a family spokesman, said David Ortiz remains stable in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. A close family friend told the Globe on Sunday that Ortiz continues to improve every day.

Tiffany Ortiz went on to praise her larger-than-life husband, long known as “Big Papi,” as “a father figure to all.”

“Please celebrate this Papi’s Day with the ones you love,” she wrote. “Be present in every moment, don’t get hung up on gifts, material things, titles, fame or fortune. Those things can be taken away in a moments notice and all we are left with is the memories of the moments we truly connected and grounded ourselves in true love.”

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Late Friday, Dominican authorities indicted nine suspects in connection with the shooting. Authorities can hold the men for up to a year while police investigate the shooting.

A 10th person implicated in the plot — Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaíno — was brought Saturday evening to a legal facility, where his initial court appearance was postponed until Monday, according to his lawyer.

Three suspects wanted in connection to the attack remain at large, according to Erick Montilla, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. He identified them as Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase, Marcos Díaz, and Maria Fernanda Villasmil Manzanilla.

Dominican authorities have said the alleged hit men were paid about $7,800 to murder Ortiz, who is revered in his native country as well as in Massachusetts. Officials have not said who ordered the attack on Ortiz or what the motive might have been, though they have indicated that they expect to provide more details this week.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox. Aimee Ortiz can be reached at aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @aimee_ortiz.

Related slideshow: David Ortiz: Life in pictures (provided by photo services)

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