Mexican Singer Shot Hours After He Denied AssassinationMexican singer Sergio Vega was shot dead hours after he denied reports he had been murdered, reports The Daily Telegraph. The 40-year-old singer, known as El Shaka, told a website he had increased security measures
Mexican singer Sergio Vega was shot dead hours after he denied reports he had been murdered, reports The Daily Telegraph. The 40-year-old singer, known as El Shaka, told a website he had increased security measures after a number of Mexican musicians were killed.Musicians performing narco-corridos, songs celebrating the lives of drug barons, often become the targets of rival drug gangs.
Gunmen opened fire on Vega on his way to a concert in Sinaloa state. Mexican media reported Vega was driving his red Cadillac on Saturday night when a truck started following him.
Shortly afterwards, shots were fired at the car, injuring Vega and making him lose control of the vehicle and crashing it, his passenger told El Debate newspaper.
The gunmen then "finished Vega off" with shots to the head and chest, El Debate reported the passenger as saying. Police confirmed they found spent bullet shells next to the driver's door.
BBC's Julian Miglierini in Mexico City said rumours had been circulating among fans of the Grupero genre of music that Mr Vega had been killed. Only hours before the shooting, he told the entertainment website La Oreja that reports of his murder had been mistaken.
"It's happened to me for years now, someone tells a radio station or a newspaper I've been killed, or suffered an accident," Vega said."And then I have to call my dear mum, who has heart trouble, to reassure her," he explained.
He told the site that musicians performing Grupero music were worried, but that he had entrusted himself to God. Vega said he had increased his security measures after the killing in 2007 of Sergio Gomez, the singer of Grupero band K-Paz de la Sierra.
Gomez was kidnapped after a concert in Michoacan, at which Vega had also performed. He was found strangled days later. At least seven Grupero musicians have been killed over the past three years.Police have blamed drug gangs for the killings.They say musicians who celebrate the lives of drug barons in their lyrics often become targets for rival drug gangs.