Sunday, February 20, 2011

The vice-president of a Guatemalan football club has been shot dead, after receiving death threats over the team's poor performance

Police said Carlos Noe Gomez of Deportivo Xinabajul was killed by two men who were waiting for him as he left a team meeting. Xinabajul, based in the northern town of Huehuetenango, are at the bottom of Guatemala's national league. The killing follows that of Carlos Mercedes Vasquez, from the first-division club Malacateco. He was found murdered in November 2010 after being kidnapped. The football star's dismembered body was found dumped in five plastic bags with a note accusing him of messing with the women of others. A suspect in the murder, Elmer Aroldo Zelada Galdamez, was arrested but freed in December 2010 by a group of armed men who stormed the prison in Malaceteco where he was being held.

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