We are not told his name. He is a longtime friend of Santiago Nasar and Pedro and Pablo Vicario. He was a college student at the time of the murder, but a journalist years later when narrating the story. (Gabriel García Márquez also began his career as a journalist.)
Age 21. Only child of Ibrahim Nasar, an immigrant from Syria. Family owns a cattle ranch and is wealthy. His father taught him about guns, horses, falconry, and prostitutes. His parents have arranged for him to be married to Flora Miguel. He is fascinated by church rituals. The night before he is murdered he dreams of walking through a grove of pine trees in light rain.
PLÁCIDA LINERO NASAR:
Mother of Santiago Nasar. Interpreter of dreams and omens. Cynical about religion. Her marriage to Ibrahim was arranged and she never loved him.
BAYARDO SAN ROMÁN:
A very wealthy young man who moves into town suddenly and mysteriously, marries Angela Vicario, and buys the house of the widower Xius. His father, General Petronio San Román, fought in 19th century civil war and was an enemy of the Buendía family (from One Hundred Years of Solitude). His mother was a mulata from Curaçao.
The cook in Santiago Nasar’s house. She was raped by Santiago’s father when younger; now she hates Santiago as well, fearing he will do the same to her daughter, Divina Flor. Denies knowing about the planned murder, but years later Divina Flor admits that they both knew.
Youngest, and last unmarried, daughter in a large family. Beautiful but weak-spirited. Her parents force her to marry Bayardo San Román, whom she finds arrogant. After being rejected by her husband on her wedding night, she remains single the rest of her life, but comes to love Bayardo San Román retrospectively, and writes him hundreds of love letters which he never answers. She never wavers from her allegation that it was Santiago Nasar who deflowered her. “He is my perpetrator.” ["Fue mi autor."]
PEDRO and PABLO VICARIO:
Twins, brothers of Angela, 24 years old at time of murder. Butchers by profession. Friends of the narrator since childhood. Pedro was in the military and is more decisive. He suffers from blennorrhea, which he caught in the military. After their three years in jail, Pablo gets married, and Pedro rejoins the military, and his entire troop disappears one day. Their father, Poncio, was a goldsmith but is now blind and cannot work.
PURÍSIMA DEL CARMEN VICARIO:
Mother of Angela Vicario, very religious and traditional. Taught all her daughters sewing and calligraphy. She was a schoolteacher before marrying. She beats Angela when she is returned by her husband, and she orders her sons to redeem the family honor by killing Santiago Nasar.
Owner of a dairy shop / bar across the street from the Nasar house. She tried to get the mayor to stop the Vicario brothers, and exhorts Cristo to warn him.
MARÍA ALEJANDRINA CERVANTES:
Owner of a brothel, “The House of Mercies”, where many men went on the night of the wedding. She relieved a generation of young men of their virginity. Her doors are always open.
FATHER CARMEN AMADOR:
The town priest. He was busy preparing for the bishop on the morning of the murder and so did nothing to prevent it. He performed the autopsy.
CORONEL LÁZARO APONTE:
Mayor of the town, and unenthusiastic about his position. He takes away Pedro and Pablo’s knives but does not arrest them, and does nothing when he learns that they acquired a second pair of knives.
A friend of Santiago Nasar and the narrator. Medical student. He was one of the last people to see Santiago, since he was taking a walk with him that morning. He is the only one who tries to do something to help Santiago.
Doctor and man of letters. Witnessed Bayardo trying to buy a house from the widower Xius He was out of town at the time of the murder, so he could not perform the autopsy.