Folk Singer Facundo Cabral Killed in Guatemala

He is best known for his song "I'm Not From Here or There."

Argentine folk singer and novelist Facundo Cabral was killed by gunmen on Saturday, the Associated Press reports. He was 74.

One of Latin America's most famous folk singers, Cabral was on his way to Guatemala's airport when his vehicle was attacked. The gunmen shot him at least eight times, Guatemala's city fire department spokeperson said. Concert promoter Henry Farina was injured.

It is unclear what the motive was for the attack.

Guatemala's President Alvaro Colom called Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez about Cabral's killing, he told Radio 10. "It seemed to hit her hard and she asked me to keep her informed about how the investigation is developing," he said.

Colom said that officials were speaking with the survivors and witnesses to piece together what happened.

Argentina's foreign minister Hector Timerman tweeted simply, "Adios, amigo."

According to the AP, evidence suggests that Cabral's killing could have been more than a robbery gone wrong. The report alleges that the vehicle Cabral was in made an attempt to escape the attackers by heading into a fire station. There was a second car accompanying Cabral's car, TV station Notisiete says.

Cabral, best known for the song "I'm Not From Here or There," lost his wife and daughter in an airplane crash in the late 1970s.

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