There have been tributes to Argentine singer Facundo Cabral, who has been shot dead in Guatemala when gunmen attacked the car he was travelling in.
Cabral, one of the stars of Latin American folk music, was on his way to the airport in Guatemala City when three vehicles boxed in his car which was then riddled with bullets.
The fire service spokesman said the 74-year-old was killed close to their headquarters. The authorities now believe the target was his promoter who was driving the car, Henry Fariña. He was injured and taken to hospital.
President Alvaro Colom has vowed to bring the killers to justice.
Guatemala is one of the region’s poorest countries and has one of Latin America’s highest murder rates.
Cabral’s friend, Nobel Prize winner and presidential election candidate Rigoberta Menchu said:
“Today we are repudiating a terrible crime in Guatemala, a terrible crime in our country. A crime that’s creating horror and fear, and I can’t stop thinking that he was killed for his ideals because there is no reason as to why he needed to be killed here in Guatemala”
Menchu dedicated one of Cabral’s own songs to him: “No soy de aquí ni soy de allá”. (“I’m not from here, nor am I from there”).
Facundo Cabral, who spent the years of Argentina’s dictatorship in exile, was named Messenger for Peace by UNESCO in the 1990s.
In the words of one Guatemalan fan, he was not just from one country, he was a universal man.