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Facundo Cabral

July 9, 2011 by staff 

Facundo CabralFacundo Cabral, Men armed with rifles shot and killed one of the popular singers in Latin America’s most famous, Facundo Cabral, on Saturday Argentine singer and novelist was on his way to Guatemala’s main airport when gunmen attacked his car and hit him with at least eight bullets, said City Fire Department spokesman Jose Rodriguez. Cabral said concert promoter Henry Farina was also injured. The reason was unclear.

Campbell rose to fame in the early 1970′s, belongs to a generation of political protest singers mixed with literary lyrics and created strong bonds with an audience struggling through a time of revolution and repression in Latin America.

Guatemala’s President Alvaro Colom said he had called his Argentine counterpart, Cristina Fernandez, to tell of the killing.

“It seemed to hit hard and he asked me to keep her informed of how research is developing,” he told Radio Argentina 10. Colom said authorities were interviewing survivors and witnesses andanlyzing images of the video monitors in the area.

“Goodbye, friend,” wrote Foreign Minister of Argentina, Hector Timerman, in a message expressing his “deep sadness” over the killing.

Some evidence suggests that the murder was not a simple robbery. Campbell was traveling in a truck tried to flee the attackers by driving a fire station. He was accompanied by a second vehicle has bodyguards; according to television station Notisiete Guatemala.

Police spokesman Donald Gonzalez said agents apparently found one of the vehicles used in the attack, abandoned on the road to El Salvador. He said he was peppered with bullet holes and spent cartridges were found inside.

Cabral, who walked with a cane and had vision problems in recent years, lost his wife and daughter 1 year old in a plane crash in 1978.

“I enjoy life much more because I was hard to enjoy it,” he told The Associated Press in an interview in 2008.

“From cradle to grave is a school, so if we call problems are lessons, we see life differently,” he said.

His most famous song, “I’m not here nor there” – “I’m not from here and there – there was about 700 times in 27 languages.

A proud wanderer from his impoverished childhood doing odd jobs on the streets of Argentina, Cabral said he would die during a concert tour. “The song is very high,” he said. “It’s like recreation.”

Cabral gave a concert last Thursday in the city of Quetzaltenango, 120 miles away (200 miles) west of Guatemala City.

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