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Guatemalan gangs assasinated famous folk singer Facundo Cabral.

Famous folk singer Facundo Cabral killed by guatemalan gangs. Photo Credit AP.

GUATEMALA CITY – The Argentine singer-songwriter Facundo Cabral, 74, was shot dead Saturday in Guatemala City, where he offered a recital last week.

Cabral, 74, appeared twice in Guatemala on Tuesday and Thursday, and headed on Saturday morning from the hotel to the La Aurora International Airport to travel to Nicaragua, when his vehicle was shot by unknown hitmen.

The artist received several bullet wounds and died at the scene.

Another vehicle with Cabral´s  bodyguards was also shot, but nobody was hurt, police said.

Guatemala has always been a violent country, but in the last years violence has picked due to the presence of the mexican cartel Los Zetas and the gang Maras Salvatrucha.

Guatemala’s President Alvaro Colom, “is appalled by this dastardly deed,” said to the press the Secretary of Social Communication of the Presidency, Ronaldo Robles. The spokesman said the singer died of multiple gunshots and the security staff were unable to repel the attack: “It was a direct attack against them perpetrated by gunmen who used assault rifles.”

Cabral used bodyguards due to the violent situation in Guatemala and the fact that every known personality arriving to Guatemala is recommended to use bodyguards.

The vehicle carrying Cabral was ambushed in the intersection of Liberation Boulevard and 14 Street, area 7.

“It’s sad that this man who sang for love, peace and joy has been killed by some bastards in Guatemala,” said Ronaldo Robles, Secretary of Social Communication of the Presidency of Guatemala.

Robles said the government started with the criminal investigation and they hope to catch the responsible for this assasination.

Free Press informed that one of the drivers who accompanied Cabral said that hitmen used two vehicles during the attack. Cabral’s bodyguards tried to prevent the murder, but did not prevent the bullets from hitting the body of the troubadour.

Rodolfo Enrique Facundo Cabral was born on May 22, 1937 in La Plata, Argentina, and besides being a singer, was known in Latin America and many other parts of the world for his compositions and musical productions.

Before this crime,  Facundo Cabral had returned from Quetzaltenango, where he gave his last concert.

The version of the Government of Guatemala.-

Guatemala’s government investigates the hypothesis that the armed attack which killed on Saturday the folksinger Facundo Cabral, was an attack against Nicaraguan businessman Henry Fariña, as announced by the government minister, Carlos Menocal.

He said that during the initial investigations ballistics experts found that  the bullets that hit the vehicle carrying two persons were aimed at the driver of the car which was Fariña.

Menocal said that based on the testimony of witnesses, the jeep was ambushed by three cars and the car of bodyguards of Farina tried to prevent the attack.

Farina drove injured a nearby fire station about 200 meters, where paramedics attended, but Cabral that was traveling in the passenger seat, was already dead.

Other possibilities.-

The organized crime activities in Guatemala are on the rise. Guatemala is strategically very important for drug traffickers since it is located between the producers of cocaine in South America and the distributors in North America, the mexican cartels. The bloody mexican cartel  Los Zetas are very active in Guatemala with the assistance of some former guatemalan elite soldiers (ex-kaibiles) and member of the Maras gang. Also, the guatemalan drug gangs are also very active.

The mexican war on drugs has expanded now into Guatemala, since Los Zetas committed several crimes in the border between the two countries.

Recently, a US-Guatemalan commando seized the no 1 drug kingpin in Guatemala Juan Ortiz Lopez, and he could be extradited to the U.S.

One possibility is that the killing of Cabral could have been a deadly warning to the Guatemalan government.

The last performance of Facundo cabral was In Quetzaltenango where two months ago U.S. and guatemalan agents captured Guatemala s drug king pin no 1. Suspect Juan Ortiz Lopez (c.), known as 'Chamale,' is escorted in Guatemala City on March 30. Ortiz, a suspected drug trafficker, was captured by US and Guatemalan agents in Quetzaltenango and is wanted by a District Court in the United States, for drug trafficking through international borders. Photo Credit to Paolo Raquec/Guatemala Presidency/Reuters