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Salvador Cabañas controls the ball in InterLiga play.

Salvador Cabañas controls the ball in InterLiga play.

It wasn’t three weeks ago that soccer star Salvador Cabañas was within the scope of my 300 mm lens. I snapped several photos of the Paraguayan controlling the ball against Estudiantes Tecos at the 2010 InterLiga tournament in Carson.

Cabañas, 29, was shot in the head by some lowlife early Monday at the Bar-Bar nightclub in Mexico City.

Miguel Angel Mancera, Mexico City’s attorney general, says a manhunt is out for José J. Balderas Garza, who goes by the nicknames ”El Modelo” and “El J.J.” There is speculation that Cabañas’ brother-in-law had been involved in an arguement with Balderas-Garza and a Cuban woman.

According to reports from México, workers in the bar heard men having an arguement before a shot was fired. At least two people rushed out and left in a car. There were apparently two security guards in the bar when the incident occurred.

Authorities have since then closed the bar. Mexican president Felipe Calderón offered support to investigators, and Paraguay president Fernando Lugo has even offered international support.

Cabañas is América’s leading scorer. He scored the most goals throughout the InterLiga tourney, and is Paraguay’s leading scorer in World Cup qualifying. 

Hundreds of fans gather at Estadio Azteca. Photo: Notimex

Hundreds of fans gather at Estadio Azteca. Photo: Notimex

Thousands of fans assembled outside the hospital in Mexico City where Cabañas is being treated. More supporters have assembled at the Aguilas’ home field at Estadio Azteca, and in Cabañas’ home country of Paraguay. Over 2,000 messages have been left for Cabañas on the Aguilas’ web page.

The surgical procedure that was to remove the bullet from Cabañas’ skull was called off.  Doctors fear the operation is risky. Dr. Enrique Martínez said the area around Cabañas’ brain is swelling.

“He is still not out of the critical stage,” said Martínez.

Written by Daniel Cásarez

January 27th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

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