Photo: Folk Facundo Cabral Assasinated in Guatemala
UPDATE: Costa Rican Alejandro Jiménez Gonzalez has been named as the main suspect in connection with the murder of the singer Facundo Cabral, last month in Guatemala.
Jiménez is the leader of an organized crime group involved in money laundering throughout Central America.
Costa Rican authorities believe the July 9th attack was aimed at Henry Farinas—who was driving Cabral and survived, and that Jiménez staged the ambush in retaliation over the theft of illegal drug money. Police suspect the killer fled to Panama.
Three other suspects remain detained in Guatemala in connection with the attack.
ORIGINAL STORY: As most of Argentina was celebrating its independence day came the tragic news that one of its cultural treasures, folk singer Facundo Cabral had been shot to death in Guatemala City Saturday.
The 74-year singer apparently was en route to the airport from his hotel with his own security detailing following his car. That is when thee carloads of men surrounded his car and started firing. Cabral was killed and his promoter and driver were injured.
Authorities are saying the concert promoter, Henry Farinas, was the intended target of this well-planned and well-executed ambush.
Cabral was also a poet and philosopher who wrote songs of peace and love. Many considered him the conscious of Argentina, so much so that Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom called Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner directly to tell her of the killing. His music was well known throughout Latin America.
The senseless killing of one of Latin America’s most famous folk singers has caused outraged and grief around the world. He was recognized in 1996 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a “World Peace Messenger.”
Cabral rose to fame during the 1970’s and his music associated with the Nueva Cancion genre, identified as a protest singer during the country’s dark period of military rule. He was forced to flee Argentina at that time and lived in Mexico for many years.