May 25, 2013
Singer Facundo Cabral remains return to Argentina
The remains of singer Facundo Cabral, who was shot dead in Guatemala City last Saturday, arrived to the Metropolitan Jorge B. Newbery Airport. Cabral's funeral took place at the Ateneo Theatre (Paraguay 918) starting at 11am until 10pm. After last homage to the late troubadour, he will be buried at the Chacarita cemetery. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner declared national mourning of three days begging today for the singer's death.
Argentina’s ambassador in Guatemala Ernesto López said local media Cabral’s family was also “deeply touched and weaken” by the tragedy. López had also informed the Guatemalan government offered to pay for all the repatriation procedure and a private plane, but finally the singer's remains were brought in a Mexican Air Force airplane.
An UN-backed panel that investigates crime in Guatemala has joined the examination into the killing of singer Facundo Cabral. In 1996, Cabral was designated worldwide messenger of peace by the United Nations.
The Guatemalan government sent a letter to the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially reporting Cabral’s death “in an attack perpetrated under circumstances which are currently being investigated. Both the judiciary and the criminal investigation teams are carrying out the inquests to identify those responsible for this heinous crime and make sure that they are published to the full extent of the law.”
The singer was shot dead on Saturday in a drive-by shooting. He received 18 gunshots. Cabral, 74, was on his way to the airport at around 5:20 am when ambushed, He was accompanied by his representative and road manager David Llanos, and local club owner Henry Fariña, both seriously wounded. The motives for slaying remains unclear while versions of Fariña as the most likely gunmen’s intended target emerge.
Cabral's songs include the 1970s hit I'm Not From Here, Nor Am I From There, his death was deeply felt throughout South America. Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in the region, has one of Latin America's highest murder rates.