News Americas, GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, Mon. July 11, 2011: Fans on Argentina singer Facundo Cabral are mourning his passing after the 74-year-old was killed in an ambush by gunmen in Guatemala City.
President Alvaro Colom called the murder a “cowardly act” and decreed three days of mourning.
Colom told Argentine radio he had called his counterpart, President Cristina Fernandez, to tell her the news and said that it “seemed to hit her hard.”
“We will find these criminals and bring them to justice,” he said.
Meanwhile, Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman tweeted his “profound sadness” at the news, adding: “Adios amigo!”
Cabral was reportedly heading from his hotel to the airport in Guatemala City when he was ambushed. Guatemala’s leader said early investigations suggested Cabral was not targeted but the attack was aimed at a music promoter travelling with him.
Cabral was one of Latin America’s most famous performers and was heading to Nicaragua for more concerts. His most famous song was No Soy de Aqui ni Alla (I’m Not From Here or There), which was recorded in a number of languages.