GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- One of Latin America's most admired folk
singers, Facundo Cabral, was killed Saturday when three carloads of
gunmen ambushed the vehicle in which he was riding, prompting
expressions of anguish from across the region.
Authorities said the performer's concert promoter was apparently the target.
Interior Minister Carlos Menocal said the Argentine singer and
novelist was on his way to Guatemala's main airport at 5:20 a.m.
when cars flanked it on both sides and gunmen opened fire as a
third vehicle blocked it from the front.
Speaking at a news conference along with President Alvaro Colom,
the minister said early investigations indicated the bullets were
meant for the driver, Cabral's Nicaraguan promoter, Henry Farinas,
who was wounded.
Cabral, who was 74, rose to fame in the early 1970s, one of a
generation of singers who mixed political protest with literary lyrics and created deep bonds with an audience struggling through an era of revolution and repression across Latin America.