07 December 2007

Three Mexican Musicians Found Dead In One Week

It sounds like a bad Quentin Tarantino screenplay but apparently it's not. A trumpet player was found dead with his hands and feet bound and a nylon bag over his head in southern Mexico, in what authorities said was apparently the country's third murder of a musician in less than a week.

A wave of organised crime violence has terrorised many parts of Mexico and the latest victims appear to be popular musicians. Most disquieting were this past weekends slayings of two singers who had crooned only about love and loss, not drugs and guns like some narcocorrido celebrities killed in the past.

The murders of Sergio Gomez, lead performer for the top-selling group K-Paz de la Sierra, and Zayda Pena of the group Zayda and the Guilty Ones has mainstream singers worrying they may become targets by becoming identified with one or another of Mexico's warring drug gangs.

Jose Luis Aquino, 33, is the latest victim. Jose had been hit repeatedly on the head and died. Authorities were still investigating possible motives but suspected a crime of passion. Well, of course! It's Mexico!

Jose played for Los Conde, based in the southern resort of Puerto Escondido. Los Conde has recorded six albums, and members appeared in the early-1990's film "Mafioso pero Gracioso," or "Funny Mobster."

Francisco Conde, the singer/guitar player, said Aquino played for 14 years in the band, was married and had two children. "He was a good person and never fought with anyone," Conde said. "He didn't smoke or do drugs." Dude was edge!

I hope they don't take out Brujeria!

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