Guatemala Detains 2 Suspects In Killing Of Facundo Cabral; Body Returned To Argentina
July 12, 2011 By Andrew OReilly
Two men have been detained in last weekend’s killing of famed Argentine folksinger Facundo Cabral in Guatemala, according to a Guatemalan investigator.
The suspects were seen on a hotel surveillance tape allegedly following Nicaraguan businessmen Henry Fariñas, who was driving Cabral to the airport at the time of the shooting. Fariñas, who survived the attack, is suspected to be the target of the shooting.
On Monday, Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom blamed organized crime for the killing of Cabral. While the Guatemalan president didn’t specify which organized crime group was involved, it is known that both Mexico’s Zetas and Sinaloa drug cartels operate in the country.
Earlier Tuesday, Cabral’s body was flown to his native Argentina on a Mexican Air Force jet. It is a fitting tribute, as the singer spent much of his life as refugee in Mexico during Argentina’s years under dictatorship.
Cabral’s remains were received on the tarmac in Buenos Aires by his family, diplomats from Guatemala and Mexico and Argentine foreign minister Hector Timerman. Along with his body, an official brought from the plane a guitar and a small bag that Cabral used during his almost constant touring schedule.
The singer’s coffin will be displayed for the public at the Ateneo, the Buenos Aires theater where he last performed in Argentina. Cabral’s body will later be cremated, according to his former manager Pablo Pérez Iglesias.
Cabral, who was born in La Plata in Buenos Aires province, rose to fame in the 1970s singing about peace and love during the turbulent years of the Southern Cone’s military dictatorships. He went into exile in Mexico during Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
In 1996, Cabral was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace and he performed concerts in over 165 countries. He was 74 when he died.
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